Congressman Luke Messer

Representing the 6th District of Indiana
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Congressman Luke Messer Introduces Legislation to Protect Small Businesses from ObamaCare Employer Mandate Penalties and Taxes

Jul 1, 2013
Press Release
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Retail Federation, & International Franchise Association Endorse Messer’s Small Business Job Protection Act

(Washington, D.C.)—On Friday afternoon, Congressman Luke Messer introduced the Small Business Job Protection Act, H.R. 2577, which will provide relief for small businesses from the penalties of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.  Messer’s legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Todd Young (IN-9), has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Retail Federation, and the International Franchise Association.

Specifically, the legislation will re-designate a “large employer” for purposes of the employer mandate tax threshold as one with 100 or more full-time equivalent employees, instead of those with 50 or more under current law. 

“ObamaCare should be repealed for everyone and I have voted to fully repeal the law,” said Messer.  “In the meantime, small businesses should be protected from the impact of its mandates and taxes.”  The Congressional Budget Office estimates that penalty payments imposed on businesses that fail to meet this mandate will amount to $130 billion over the next decade. 

“These penalties already are forcing employers to reduce the hours worked by some employees,” noted Messer.  “They also deter small businesses from expanding and creating jobs.  That is bad for workers, bad for small business owners and bad for our economy.  In these tough times, we should be encouraging job growth, not discouraging new jobs with costly new taxes, penalties and regulations."

Additionally, Messer has introduced legislation to exempt local school systems and public and private colleges and universities from the ObamaCare insurance mandates and penalties.  He is also a co-sponsor of Rep. Todd Young’s “Save American Workers Act” that would repeal the 30-hour definition of “full-time employee” in ObamaCare and restore the traditional 40-hour definition.

About Luke Messer

Luke Messer is the Congressman for Indiana’s 6th Congressional District, a 19 county region of east-central and southeastern Indiana comprised of manufacturing and agricultural communities. Elected President of the Republican Freshman Class by his peers, Messer serves on the House Committees on Budget, Foreign Affairs, and Education & the Workforce.

Luke and his wife Jennifer have two daughters, one son and three dogs.  Luke has also served as an elder at his church and is the author of a children's book about Indiana titled “Hoosier Heart.” To learn more about Luke Messer, log on to