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School Leaders Speak Out on Law Suit Regarding ACA

The Vincennes Community School is one of 15 corporations across Indiana fighting the Affordable Care Act. Something they say could not only hurt their bottom line, but the quality of education that their students receive.
The Vincennes Community School is one of 15 corporations across Indiana fighting the Affordable Care Act.

Something they say could not only hurt their bottom line, but the quality of education that their students receive.

Provide health insurance, or pay a fine.
   
Under the Affordable Care Act those are the two options businesses will have for their employees.
   
But many school administrators are saying neither is a viable option for their districts.

"On an everyday basis we learned something new and trying to simply grasp what I think has basically become a 10 ton monster," said superintendent Greg Parsley, Vincennes Community School Corporation.

Under the new guidelines, schools would now have to offer coverage to substitute teachers and coaches working over 30 hours.
   
Something Superintendent Parsley says would be detrimental to the corporation's budget.

"When I look at those two groups, especially, there is no way that we can afford to offer to the insurance and that becomes a catastrophic financial implication," said Parsley.

And not providing insurance and taking the penalty, could prove just as problematic.
   
Employers would have to pay a $2,000 fee for every full time worker.
   
"We are simply trying to be good stewards of the tax dollars. Obviously that's where our dollars come from, and if are having to take those tax dollars and then in turn pay fines and penalties, I don't see that as us being good stewards," said Parsley.

So officials say their only option to stay out of the red, is to sue.
   
They're are asking that their schools be exempt from this regulation, because at the at the end of the day, it's really the students who are paying for the hefty price tag.

"That just along with every other thing penalizes our students, and it simply not fair, and it's not in the best … At least the intent of education," said Parsley.

The Southwest Parke Community School Corporation is also among the 15 schools fighting the ACA guidelines.
   
All of the schools are being represented by an Indianapolis law firm.
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