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  • Hire More Heroes Act of 2015

    by Representative Paul Ryan

    Posted on 2015-01-06

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    RYAN of Wisconsin. Madam Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 22) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of determining the employers to which the employer mandate applies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    The Clerk read the title of the bill.

    The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 22 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Hire More Heroes Act of 2015''.


    (a) In General.--Section 4980H(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(F) Exemption for health coverage under tricare or the veterans administration.--Solely for purposes of determining whether an employer is an applicable large employer under this paragraph for any month, an individual shall not be taken into account as an employee for such month if such individual has medical coverage for such month under-- ``(i) chapter 55 of title 10, United States Code, including coverage under the TRICARE program, or ``(ii) under a health care program under chapter 17 or 18 of title 38, United States Code, as determined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in coordination with the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary.''.

    (b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Wisconsin (Mr. Ryan) and the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Levin) each will control 20 minutes.

    The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Wisconsin.

    General Leave Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Madam Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days within to which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on H.R. 22, currently under consideration.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Wisconsin? There was no objection.

    Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

    Madam Speaker, only a law as bad as ObamaCare would penalize a small business for hiring a veteran.

    Madam Speaker, right now, the law says if you have at least 50 full- time employees, you must give all of them health insurance even if they are already getting health insurance elsewhere. In fact, over 9 million veterans are already getting health care through the VA, but they are not exempt. Every employer has to cover them anyway.

    So here is what is happening. Businesses have an incentive to turn away veterans, not because they don't want to hire them, but because it is too expensive to hire them. This is serving as a penalty to hiring our Nation's veterans.

    Madam Speaker, nobody works harder than our men and women that serve us in our military. They fought for our country, and they sacrificed. The least we can do is remove this penalty from putting a veteran on your payroll. The way I see it is we owe it to them. We should make it as easy as possible for them to find a job. That is what we are trying to do with this legislation.

    What this bill says is that if you are already getting health care through TRICARE or the VA, then you are exempt from the mandate. Anyone can hire you without any fear of this penalty. I think we can all agree that more veterans on the payroll means a healthier economy for all of us.

    Now, I think all families need relief from ObamaCare. All of us need relief from this law that we think is going to collapse under its own weight, but I consider this bill as an installment plan, as one piece of our ongoing efforts to fully repeal and replace this law.

    Madam Speaker, we have an enormous generation of talented men and women who have served this country so honorably overseas in the recent years. The least we can do is make it easier for an employer to hire them and remove this penalty that puts a price tag on hiring the bravest among us.

    Most of all, I want to thank Congressman Rodney Davis for bringing this issue to our attention. I want to thank Congressman Davis for introducing this legislation.

    With that, I reserve the balance of my time.

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