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house Bill H.R. 3474

Should Veterans Be Exempt From The Affordable Care Act At Work?

Argument in favor

Veterans often have difficulty finding work, and businesses that hire them deserve flexibility with the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, the veterans in question already have health coverage.

Edwin's Opinion
Everyone should be exempt from the ACA because the ACA is terrible. I'm for any exemption possible for the ACA except for a Congressional exemption.

Argument opposed

Has the potential to unfairly influence hiring, as an otherwise "large" business could avoid offering health insurance if it looked like a small business via the veteran exemption.

Jason's Opinion
If it is such a good law, no one should be exempt from its goodness!

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed March 11th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 406 Yea / 1 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedNovember 13th, 2013

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What is House Bill H.R. 3474?

This bill, commonly referred to as The Hire More Heroes Act, would give employers the option of whether or not veterans with other health insurance (TRICARE, DoD, or VA) would be counted in employee totals for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Under the ACA, "large employers" (50 or more employees) are required to provide health insurance to all employees. Small businesses, however, are not. Perhaps as importantly, the Hire More Heroes Act is now the legislative vehicle for  a group of tax-extension bills commonly known as the EXPIRE Act. According to The Hill:

"The House and Senate are taking different approaches to tax policy this year. The Senate is passing shorter extensions as has been done in the past, while the House is trying to decide which tax extenders should become part of the permanent tax code."
UPDATE, 5/15/14: The tax-extenders package mentioned above has now been blocked in Senate. While there is bipartisan support for the tax-extenders legislation, some senators have been unhappy about being unable to offer amendments. Some in Senate have now suggested that the tax extension bills will not be considered until after November elections. There may, however, still be a vote on the Hire More Heroes Act.  


If enacted, the bill would provide a stronger incentive for businesses to hire veterans. H.R. 3474 would also exempt more businesses from mandatorily providing employees with healthcare coverage. Finally, as a vehicle for the EXPIRE Act, the bill would force the House to consider Senate's tax-extender legislation.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3474

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Of Note: 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans who have served since 9/11 have a 9.2 percent unemployment rate. The April 2014 national average was 6.3%. 

The Congressional Budgeting Office (CBO) found that the Department of Defense spent $52 billion on healthcare for service members, retirees and their families in 2012. And that is up from previous years. The same CBO study found that in 2000, funding for healthcare accounted for roughly 6% of the Department of Defense's base budget; by 2012, that share was just under 10%. 


Rep. Rodney Davis (D-IL) Press Release


Hire More Heroes Act of 2014

Official Title

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employers to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.