House approves three ACA-related bills

House Majority Speaker Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lauded three measures pertaining to the Affordable Care Act that were approved on Tuesday by the House of Representatives.

The House approved the Hire More Heroes Act, the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act and the Equitable Access to Care and Health Act on Tuesday.

Cantor said the ACA jeopardizes religious freedom, military service, volunteerism and entrepreneurship.

“The legislation that the House has passed today will uphold these values while encouraging businesses to hire more veterans,” Cantor said. “These are bipartisan, commonsense bills that should immediately be taken up by the Senate so we can work together to protect Americans from the negative consequences of Obamacare….”

The Hire More Heroes Act would incentivize small businesses to hire military veterans. Under the bill, veterans who receive insurance through the Department of Veterans Affairs or TRICARE would not be counted as an employee under the employer mandate provision of the ACA.

The Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act would redefine the definition of “full-time” in IRS code so that qualified volunteers, like firefighters and first responders, are not counted as full-time employees under the employer mandate.

The EACH Act, introduced by Rep. Aaron Shock (R-Ill.), would allow people to avoid purchasing health insurance if it contradicts their religious beliefs.