COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Ron Young (R-Leroy Twp.) and Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) recently introduced House Bill 91, also known as the “Health Care Freedom Act,” which protects Ohio employers and residents from the penalty provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).


The PPACA requires employers and individuals to purchase government-defined health insurance plans. Individuals and businesses who do not comply with those requirements are subject to tax penalties.


According to projections by Milliman, one of the world’s largest providers of actuarial services, in 2016 this penalty tax could be as high as $18,085 for a family of four headed by a 55-year-old. Families of four earning as little as $24,000 would face penalties of $2,085.


In 2014 the businesses across the state will also face increased costs and penalties because of the PPACA. An employer with 100 workers would face a $140,000 penalty if it decides not to purchase government-defined health care.


“Companies will be left with only bad choices—buy a very expensive government-defined health plan, pay the tax, eliminate jobs, or cut workers’ hours,” said Rep. Young. “This Health Care Freedom Act will protect employers from that no-win situation,” Rep. Thompson added, “by blocking most of the PPACA’s tax penalty provisions.”


The Health Care Freedom Act uses the powers the PPACA grants states to prohibit insurance carriers operating in Ohio from receiving the payments that trigger penalties against employers and an estimated 387,000 Ohio taxpayers. It thus allows allow Ohioans to purchase or not purchase the health plan of their choice without the threat of punishment. Since the Health Care Freedom Act does not conflict with federal law, preemption is not an issue.


Dr. Paul Vanek of Mentor and Chairman of OperationWhiteCoat.org, a national organization of like minded physicians who oppose the PPACA on the grounds that it won’t be good for patients, stated, “Practicing physicians should be aware that Rep. Young’s bill will save them the untold time costs and implementation costs associated with complying with the 183 unfunded bureaucracies of Obamacare,”


“Ohio’s Constitution states, ‘No federal, state, or local law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system.’ The PPACA threatens those freedoms, which Ohio voters enshrined in our Constitution in 2011 by a 2-to-1 margin,” said Rep. Young.


“We hope members of both parties will join us in protecting Ohio employers and taxpayers from these painful mandates,” Rep. Young said.

 
 
 
  
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'Health Care Freedom Act' Protects Ohio Employers, Taxpayers From Obamacare Taxes

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Ron Young (R-Leroy Twp.) and Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) recently introduced House Bill 91, also known as the “Health Care Freedom Act,” which protects Ohio employers and residents from the penalty provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).