Obama admin. delays health care requirement for large employers


A major component of the national health care law that requires large employers to provide health coverage to employees has been delayed to 2015.

The Associated Press reports the Obama administration made the announcement Tuesday after business groups complained that the provision was too complicated.

The law, most of which goes into effect in 2014, requires businesses with 50 or more workers to provide affordable health insurance to their full-time employees or face tax penalties--as much as $3,000 per employee, Bloomberg said.

The Associated Press says the decision is sure to anger liberals but also undercuts Republican efforts to make the health care overhaul a major issue in next year's congressional elections.

USA TODAY points out that the one-year delay for big businesses does not change the individual mandate, which requires most Americans to purchase insurance by Jan. 1. It also has no affect on businesses with fewer than 50 worker, who were already exempt from the rule.

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