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White House delays key element of health-care law

Published: Wed, July 3, 2013 @ 10:40 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health-care law, hailed as his most significant legislative achievement, seems to be losing much of its sweep.

On Tuesday, the administration unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until after the 2014 elections, in a central requirement of the law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.

Separately, opposition in the states from Republican governors and legislators has steadily undermined a Medicaid expansion that had been expected to provide coverage to some 15 million low-income people.

Tuesday's move — which caught administration allies and adversaries by surprise — sacrificed timely implementation of Obama's signature legislation but might help Democrats 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, designed to expand coverage for uninsured Americans.


1Ytownnative(1118 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

My thoughts exactly JMHO.

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2YtownParent(739 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

"Until after the 2014 elections" my foot. It passed and that's all the Dems needed and wanted. They'll make no move to actually get it implemented until they loose the white house a a Republican is the sitting president.

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3redeye1(5351 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Why did they do it? Because the Obammycare plan really SUCKS!!!!!! That's why!
JMHO If the house holds true to their words there won't be any illegals becoming citizens in this country any time soon. We can only pray that they do.

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