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Obamacare mandate delayed for a year

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – A move motivated by the best interest of business or politics?
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – A move motivated by the best interest of business or politics? Depends on who you ask, but one thing is clear. Businesses with more than fifty employees will have an extra year to wade through the mandate requiring them to provide health insurance.

"Some businesses that don't currently provide health care for their employees are really quite relieved, because they were facing a rather large penalty. A three thousand dollar tax for each employee," says Linn Baker, the CEO of Arches Health Plan.

The extra year will help business owners figure out funding and research options for health care.
U.S. Congressman, Chris Stewart says make no mistake, the delay isn't about business, it's about politics.

"A political calculation on the President's part to put it past the midterm elections, but it's still out there and we still have to figure out how to make this work and it's a huge challenge," says Stewart.

He says pushing the unpopular mandate back is an attempt to give democrats a better chance to gain control of the House in the midterm elections.

Stewart says it's really only a band aid for business owners.

"The President is committed to implementing this bill even if it turns out being bad for the American people," says Stewart.

Baker says what's bad for the American people is to do nothing, because when people go uninsured we all pay the price.

"Currently there's about forty million uninsured Americans, four hundred thousand uninsured Utahns, so this is going to help a lot of families,” says Baker.

The provision penalizing employers was set to take effect January 1st, 2014. Now it's been pushed off to January 1st, 2015.

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