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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 2, 2013 6:42 PM Flag

    ObamaCare employer mandate delayed until after 2014 midterms

    ObamaCare employer mandate delayed until after 2014 midterms

    Elise Viebeck - 07/02/13 05:37 PM ET

    The ObamaCare employer mandate requiring businesses to provide their workers with health insurance will be delayed by a year, the administration said Tuesday in a stunning announcement.

    Delaying the requirement until 2015 represents an enormous victory for businesses that had lobbied against the healthcare law.

    It also means that one of healthcare reform's key requirements will be implemented after the 2014 midterm elections, when ObamaCare is expected to be a key issue for vulnerable Democrats.

    In a White House blog post, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett wrote that the administration believed they needed to give employers "more time to comply with the new rules."

    "This allows employers the time to test the new reporting systems and make any necessary adaptations to their health benefits while staying the course toward making health coverage more affordable and accessible for their workers," Jarrett wrote Tuesday evening.

    Jarrett also wrote that the delay would help in "cutting red tape and simplifying the reporting process."

    "We have heard the concern that the reporting called for under the law about each worker’s access to and enrollment in health insurance requires new data collection systems and coordination," Jarrett said. "So we plan to re-vamp and simplify the reporting process.

    Jarrett added that the administration "will convene employers, insurers, and experts to propose a smarter system and, in the interim, suspend reporting for 2014."

    Administration officials said on Tuesday that other aspects of the law wouldn't be delayed.

    The employer mandate affected businesses with more than 50 workers.

    Republicans seized on the news, arguing on Twitter that the delays suggested the law was a "train wreck" and that Democratic candidates in 2014 would have difficulty explaining the delay.

    "Terrible for 2014 Dems to delay their own law because its a

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