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Obama Administration Delays Key Piece of Health-Reform Law

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It is one of the key provisions of President Obama's health care law - the requirement that companies with more than 50 workers provide coverage for their employees or pay fines.

Small business owners had complained about the cost and complexity so the White House quietly posted on its website that part of the law will be pushed back one year, giving employers until 2015 to comply. "We have listened to your feedback," the statement says... "and we are taking action."

The announcement came as a surprise, although just last month the president admitted there could be setbacks. (June 7, 2013) "When you're implementing a program this large, there will be some glitches. There are going to be some hiccups."

Congress has gone home for the July 4th break, but leaders of both parties were quick to comment - trying to spin the news to their advantage.

House Speaker John Boehner has fought to repeal the law and said, "this announcement means even the Obama Administration knows the 'train wreck' will only get worse."

But Democrats say it shows the White House is willing to work with the business community.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement, "Both the administration and Senate Democrats have shown - and continue to show - a willingness to be flexible… It is better to do this right than fast."

The delay may also bring relief to Democratic Congressional campaigns by pushing one of the more controversial parts of the overhaul until after the midterm elections.

The new deadline is getting a positive reaction from some of the larger business groups, which have complained that companies need more time to update their coverage plans.

The new deadline for providing such coverage is now Jan. 1, 2015.

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