House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released the following statement on three pieces of legislation that remove punitive mandates under ObamaCare that punish volunteers, veterans, and those with certain sincerely held religious beliefs:
"We all know ObamaCare is not working, but the bottom line is that no law should jeopardize our American values of religious freedom, military service, volunteerism, and entrepreneurship. The legislation that the House has passed today will uphold these values while encouraging businesses to hire more veterans. These are bipartisan, commonsense bills that should immediately be taken up by the Senate so we can work together to protect Americans from the negative consequences of ObamaCare. I thank Representatives Aaron Schock, Lou Barletta, and Rodney Davis for their work on these important bills."
H.R. 3474, the Hire More Heroes Act: This legislation incentivizes small businesses to hire veterans by ensuring that veterans who already receive health insurance through the Department of Veterans Affairs or reservists covered under TRICARE are exempted from being counted towards the number of employees required by the employer mandate under ObamaCare.
H.R. 3685, Protecting Volunteer Firefighters & Emergency Responders Act: This legislation amends the definition of “full-time employee” in the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 4980H to ensure that qualified volunteers, including voluntary firefighters and emergency responders are not counted for determining the number of full-time employees or full-time equivalents at a given employer for the purposes of the employer mandate in ObamaCare.
H.R. 1814 the Equitable Access to Care and Health (EACH) Act: This legislation expands the religious conscience exemption in ObamaCare. It will allow people avoid buying health insurance if they have a religious reason for doing so in order to protect all faiths.