Hoosier lawmakers pushing for Healthcare changes

Rosemary Cabelo uses a computer at a public library to access the Affordable Health Care Act website, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
Rosemary Cabelo uses a computer at a public library to access the Affordable Health Care Act website, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) Indiana congressional leaders are leading Affordable Care Act reform. Thursday afternoon the House of Representatives passed a reform on the full time work week. They said they did it to save Wabash Valley schools and small businesses millions of dollars.

For the past few years, we’ve told the stories of local businesses and schools and the cuts they’ll have to make to comply with the 30 hour full time work week. Thursday, members of Congress for the Wabash Valley said its for those people they made a major move.

“It’s a local issues or me,” Republican Congressman Dr. Larry Bucshon said. “This has people that I represent in school districts who now are losing wages and they are having an effect on the students and the communities. That’s why I think the bill we passed today is the right direction.”

and that’s why I think that the bill we passed today is the right direction.”

Bucshon added that the current healthcare law marks a full time work week at 30 hours and employers would need to provide health care for all full time workers. The new bill would change full time back to 40 hours.

Across the aisle and in the Senate chamber Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly released this statement to News 10.

“Most Hoosiers would agree that 40 hours is full time, which is why we need to make this change to the definition of fulltime employee in the law. Right now employers are cutting their employees’ hours in order to follow the law and that hurts the pocketbooks of many families across the state.”

Donnelly is sponsoring a similar bill in the Senate that Bucshon said he is looking forward to seeing.

“The fact that in Indiana Senator Donnelly has introduced this is a potential good thing for the state and I hope that he’s able to persuade Senator (Harry) Reid to bring this up for discussion and debate.”

The fate of this measure for now tied up in the senate as one Hoosier congressman passes off to another.

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