Volunteer fire departments all across the U.S. could find themselves out of money and unable to operate unless Congress or the Obama Administration exempts them from the Affordable Care Act.
'I thought the kinks were worked out of Obamacare at the first of the month, Central Florida volunteer firefighter Carl Fabrizi told Sunshine State News.
'Man, oh, man, this could potentially destroy some real good companies in Florida.'
The U.S. Department of Labor takes the term 'volunteer' literally, but the IRS says volunteer firefighters are technically employees if they're on the job more than 30 hours per week, making them subject to Obamacare's employee-mandate rules.
Since the Obamacare law doesn't specifically carve out an exemption for them, fire departments where 50 or more people work – either as volunteers or officially as employees – are expected to provide health insurance for every one of them.
In towns with more than one volunteer fire department, all the staffers will likely be lumped together for tax purposes, pushing many municipalities above the 50-worker threshold.
HOLDEN — The Wachusett Regional School District Committee took five and a half hours and four straw ballots before selecting Deputy Superintendent Darryll McCall to be the district's next superintendent.
The other two finalists for the position were: Michael Buoniconti of Ludlow and Elizabeth Schaper of Jefferson.
Shortly before 12:30 a.m, the committee took a straw vote that gave 13 votes to Mr. McCall and seven to Mr. Buoniconti.
Committee members voted down two motions to adjourn the meeting and reconvene on a different night, and a motion by member Margaret Watson to re-open the search received no support.
"We have a divided committee this evening," Ms. Watson said. "We need to find the candidate we can all enthusiastically support."
"Castro, he's shaking hands with Raúl Castro," said an excited Christiane Amanpour.
"As Christiane points out, President Obama just shook hands with Raúl Castro from Cuba," Chris Cuomo explained.
Amanpour says of Mandela, "This is a man, it is so true, who brought people together in life and he continues to bring people together today."