U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman issued the following statement today in response to news over the weekend that Fort Wayne Community Schools is cutting the hours of more than 600 part-time workers in order to satisfy the requirements of the federal health care law:
"President Obama told us recently that we're benefiting from Obamacare even if we don't know it. The 610 Hoosiers in Fort Wayne earning smaller paychecks for their families probably disagree. Make no mistake, this is not something any of us want our school districts to go through. However, my fear is that schools across Indiana and the nation will soon have to take similarly drastic measures to comply. For this reason Obamacare must be repealed."
- The IRS held a public hearing in Washington, DC in April where Congressman Stutzman's office accompanied school district representatives to protest the law.
- FWCS, the largest school district in Indiana, is forced to cut hours for 610 part-time employees from 30 to 25. FWCS estimates it would cost $10 million to provide insurance for all part-time workers.
Congressman Stutzman represents the 3rd Congressional District of Indiana and serves on the House Committee on Financial Services. Indiana's 3rd District contains all of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Jay, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley counties, as well as parts of Blackford and Kosciusko counties.