Obama delays major part of health law: coverage for > 50 workers pushed to 2015

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    Obama delays major part of health law

    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....

    ...Under the health law, companies with 50 or more workers must provide affordable coverage to their full-time employees or risk a series of escalating tax penalties if just one worker ends up getting government-subsidized insurance. Originally, that requirement was supposed to take effect Jan. 1. It will now be delayed to 2015....

    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/po...7jHBUJM0TrZ.99

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    Thank you for posting this. I imagine lots of opinions will be posted.
    I'm glad the insurance exchange in my stste will have good offers starting October 1st. My daughter has been paying $40.00 a visit at a clinic since her employer cut her hours to 30 per week so they could stop her benefits.

    I pray she doesn't need hospitalization before 2014.
    marcopollo and tewdles like this.
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    sigh...
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    I do not understand how a law- passed by the Congress of the United States - can be, in effect 'overturned' (technically, delayed) by the Executive branch. (I am not a fan of Obamacare, just to be clear) Could the President change other laws just be saying so?

    This violates the Constitution and the separation of powers contained therein.
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    Hey, why not just go ahead and push it off until right after the 2016 elections? I mean come on. . . I am past ready for everyone to have health insurance but this legislation was poorly written, tossed together and run through. Why should the current administration have to bear any responsibility for anything (i.e. implementation) when they can just ride the wave of credit for having enacted healthcare reform and put off any nuts and bolts actual implementation to the next administration?
    IowaKaren, madelynsmom, brandy1017, and 7 others like this.
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    he knows how unhappy people are and will be, so it is a delay tactic for votes. Again
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    Quote from TiffyRN
    Hey, why not just go ahead and push it off until right after the 2016 elections? I mean come on. . . I am past ready for everyone to have health insurance but this legislation was poorly written, tossed together and run through. Why should the current administration have to bear any responsibility for anything (i.e. implementation) when they can just ride the wave of credit for having enacted healthcare reform and put off any nuts and bolts actual implementation to the next administration?
    Well said!!!!!!
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    The U.S.Treasury Dept called a halt to this move... Praise the Lord...Pass the bullets !
    IowaKaren and shermrn like this.
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    >27 Million to Remain Uninsured
    The Uninsured After Implementation Of The Affordable Care Act: A Demographic And Geographic Analysis

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) proposed expanding health insurance coverage by:
    1) requiring states to offer Medicaid to people with incomes up to 138 percent (133 percent plus a 5 percent income disregard) of the federal poverty level (FPL), with most of this expansion funded federally; and
    2) offering subsidies to help those with incomes up to 400 percent FPL purchase private insurance through newly created insurance exchanges. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated in March 2012 that the ACA would newly insure 30-33 million people, leaving 26-27 million uninsured in 2016. ...

    ... In June 2012, however, the Supreme Court ruled that states may opt-out of Medicaid expansion. Since then, the governors of 14 states have announced their intention to opt-out, 6 are undecided, 3 are leaning against, and 2 toward the expansion. Opt-outs will likely leave several million more uninsured, but little is known about who is likely to remain uninsured under the ACA. ...

    http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2013/0...phic-analysis/
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    The delay will mean congresspeople and governors don't have to run on being anti aca. Meanwhile tens of thousands of people suffer through a crap economy without insurance. All for politics!

    In a few years, the aca will go as Medicare itself originally went: every state will eventually join. They just don't know it yet. And it will be hugely popular and no one will know how we lived without it just soc security, Medicare, snap, cobra and hipaa. Thank you democrats.
    IowaKaren, thelema13, and tewdles like this.


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