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Sam Graves Statement on Passage of Hire More Heroes Act

Jan 7, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves made the following statement after voting to protect our veterans from damaging effects of the President’s healthcare law. 

“I am proud that the House to action took allow more of our small businesses to hire our returning heroes,” said Rep. Graves.  “Under Obamacare, small businesses are penalized for hiring more than 50 employees at full-time hours.  This legislation exempts our veterans from this provision,” he continued.

“While I am glad that we were able to provide this relief to our veterans, I will continue to fight to repeal this trainwreck of a law and provide the same relief to all hard working Americans and small businesses.” 



The employer mandate, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, requires all businesses with more than 50 full-time or full-time equivalent employees (defined as those working more than 30 hours per week) to provide employer-sponsored insurance.  Businesses not in compliance face a $2,000 penalty for each employee beyond the 30th they hire after 50, in addition to the salary and benefits they must provide to their employees.  However, under current law, veterans who already receive health insurance through the VA or TRICARE would still be counted toward the employer mandate.  H.R. 3474 exempts these veterans from being included in this count.  This legislation would incentivize small businesses to hire veterans who already receive health insurance, and would provide businesses much-needed relief from Obamacare, while assisting them in hiring qualified, well-trained employees.

An identical version of this legislation passed in the 113th Congress by a vote of 406-1.