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Fire chiefs: Obamacare policy may force us to shut down

Published: 7:57 AM, 12/26/2013 Last updated: 7:57 AM, 12/26/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Local fire department chiefs contacted by The Newport Plain Talk said an Internal Revenue Service classification of their volunteer firefighters as "employees" may force them to shut down their operations because of costly Obamacare health insurance mandates.Most firefighters in Cocke County are volunteers.Walt Cross, fire chief of the Grassy Fork Volunteer Fire Department, and a businessman, said the IRS, which is overseeing the implementation of Obamacare, has made a "freak interpretation" of volunteer firemen as employees because they're on call round the clock and carry pagers with them. That means that, in the IRS's eyes, the firefighters "work" well over the minimum of 30 hours a week.For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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