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  • AbigailsList added a comment

    H.R. 22 is about taxes and counting people, in this case veterans, for the purpose of lowering tax burdens for businesses. That same thinking was used in 1787 when slaves were counted as three-fifths of a person in determining political representation and tax apportionment. “Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several states which may be included within this Union, according to their respective numbers, which shall be determined by adding the whole number of free persons, including those bound to service for a term of years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three-fifths of all other persons.” H.R. 22 specifically states, it is a bill that amends the tax code: “This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to add a provision to exempt any employee with coverage under a health care program administered by the Department of Defense, including the TRICARE program, or by the Veterans Administration, from classification as an eligible employee of an applicable large employer for purposes of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide such employees with minimum essential health care coverage. That IRS tax code it amends is Sec. 4980H, often referred to as the employer shared responsibility requirement and it doesn’t “exempt an employee,” as stated above. It exempts a corporation from any tax burden on a veteran eligible for VA benefits or Tricare. I say eligible because not all veterans get healthcare, one of the very reasons the “hiring” aspect touted is so flawed. Also, how will businesses know that a veteran brings along he or her own healthcare? Vets don’t put it on their resume: U.S. Navy, Honorably Discharged, brings own healthcare. Lastly, I believe there are privacy issues in the U.S. from asking about a person’s health during an interview and in the long-term, would it legally businesses to deny veterans access to an employer-sponsored plan even if they are counted? There are lots of winners in this bill: corporations, Republicans who can provide donors a legal way around ACA mandates, and Democrats like military veteran Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) who is proudly pushing a video of her speech on the House floor urging fellow Democrats to please support this “Hire More Heroes.” We did ask for bipartisanship. There are no heroes, though, not in H.R. 22. The reason to hire a veteran is simple: they are highly qualified with an exceptional knowledge base and experience. No compromise. No surrender. .

  • kyrameier1961 posted a bill H.R. 5376: Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2014

    Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2014