Democrat Calls On Schools To Retract Health Care Lawsuit

DeLaney says if schools are so worried about paying for employee health insurance, the state legislature should find a way to help them.

15 Indiana public schools are joining the state in a lawsuit against the IRS and other federal agencies.

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15 Indiana public schools are joining the state in a lawsuit against the IRS and other federal agencies.

An Indiana House Democrat says Governor Mike Pence and Attorney General Greg Zoeller have to back down from the state’s lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.

The Affordable Care Act says employers with 50 or more employees that work at least 30 hours a week must provide health insurance or pay fines.

Fifteen Indiana school corporations joined the state in filing a lawsuit against the IRS and other federal agencies. The suit says the employer mandate should not apply to state governments and public school corporations.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he wants guidance from the Supreme Court as he advises state officials about a situation in which, for the first time ever, the state would be taxed by the federal government.

“Right now they’re desperately reshaping the way schools are run in the state and the state government has issued new orders that we move employees down below 30 hours,” he says.

Indianapolis Democratic Representative Ed DeLaney says if schools are so worried about paying for employee health insurance, the state legislature should find a way to help them.

“To punish every insured person in this state because a few school districts don’t want to pay for bus drivers’ health insurance is an outrageous result,” he says. “There’s got to be a better answer than that.”

Earlier this year, the Obama administration delayed implementation of the employer mandate until 2015.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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