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Volunteer Fire Departments Devastated By Obamacare

In 2012, vice-President Joe Biden told an audience of firefighters that Republicans just don’t get them, and that their policies “aren’t making their jobs any easier by cutting budgets and shrinking the number of firefighters on duty.”

Guess what’s cutting fire department budgets and shrinking the number of firefighters on duty?


New regulations in the ACA are forcing fire departments to provide health insurance to volunteers working 30 hours per week.  We’ve seen countless businesses cut workers or hours for their employees based on these same regulations.  And fire departments are no different.

The costs for these departments would be in the millions, effectively forcing drastic measures to cut back.

Via the Washington Free Beacon:

Thousands of volunteer fire departments across the nation could be forced to shut down because they cannot afford the high costs of Obamacare.

Due to Obamacare requirements, fire departments must provide health insurance for volunteers working more than 30 hours a week.

“Without our volunteers, we would be nothing. Our volunteers are here 24/7 and they are willing to risk their life and drop whatever they are doing to come help” Lancaster County Fire Marshall Stephen Blackwelder, who oversees 19 stations and 300 volunteers, explained to WBTV.

Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis confirmed Blackwelder’s statement, adding “If council made the decision to offer insurance, and if they took full family coverage, we would be looking at literally millions of dollars a year.”

Volunteer firefighters are vital in ensuring fire safety across the nation, the National Volunteer Fire Council reports that there are 783,300 volunteer firefighters in the US comprising 70% of firefighting force, and our nation has 20,050 volunteer departments. Willis praised the volunteers’ help, saying “we literally couldn’t do without them.”

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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