- Posted September 27, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Obamacare: Your story
Firefighter, 3 jobs, no insurance
I am 24 with an Associates Degree in Fire & EMS and I am currently pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Fire Administration. When I graduated college at 19, I exited with my Level II Firefighter (highest level in Ohio) and Paramedic. Since then and through gaining employment, I have become a Hazardous Materials Technician and a Fire Safety Inspector (only to name a few). I have a resume packed with additional notable certifications and I spend thousands of my own dollars each year on extra-curricular training.
When ObamaCare first came about... every FD employer in this area who at one time let their part time personnel work as many hours as they wanted (just did not offer benefits) slashed their PT hours. So instead of complying with ObamaCare and offering us benefits.. they cut our hours in half for the year so we would fall under the threshold. Additionally, another interesting component to this entire thing is the hours in which we work compared to the threshold. We work 24 hours at a time. For most jobs, thats three 8 hour shifts.
Because my hours were cut in a preemptive fashion due to ObamaCare, I had to find an additional FD employer. I am still working the same amount of hours (84-96 hours a week) but I am further spread thin by being employed for an additional city... yet still no health insurance. I have nothing.
I work for the love of the job and I would never want anything else in return other than to be able to go to work every day knowing I am helping people and making a difference in the communities in which I work.
How does ObamaCare address Fire and EMS? Does cutting our hours at one job just to make us go out and get another job to work the same amount of hours just for a different city solve the “problem”?
ObamaCare is harming firemen in this area and all across our country.