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Obama admin delays major requirement of health law

July 3, 2013 • National News


FILE – In this June 7, 2009, file photo, senior advisers Valerie Jarret and David Axelrod, right, walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington after returning from a trip with President Barack Obama. The Obama administration Tuesday, July 2, 2013, unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until 2015, in a central requirement of the new health care law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines. Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarret cast the decision as part of an effort to simplify data reporting requirements. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major concession to business groups, the Obama administration Tuesday unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until after the 2014 elections, in a central requirement of the new health care law that many companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.

The move sacrificed timely implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature legislation but may help the administration politically by blunting an election-year line of attack Republicans were planning to use. The employer requirements are among the most complex parts of the health care law, which is designed to expand coverage for uninsured Americans.

“We have heard concerns about the complexity of the requirements and the need for more time to implement them effectively,” Treasury Assistant Secretary Mark Mazur said in a blog post. “We have listened to your feedback and we are taking Login to read more

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