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Affordable Care Act mandate delayed

Late this afternoon the Obama administration said it's gonna delay a key part of the Affordable Care Act -- the part that would force companies to provide health insurance coverage for their workers or pay a $2,000 fine.

Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Mark Mazur, wrote on the department’s Web site:

“We have heard concerns about the complexity of the requirements and the need for more time to implement them effectively. We recognize that the vast majority of businesses that will need to do this reporting already provide health insurance to their workers, and we want to make sure it is easy for others to do so.”

It was supposed to start next year -- now it's not gonna start 'til 2015.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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They decided this now*?????

I work 2 part-time jobs, not by choice. Full-time jobs are impossible to get in my state. I also pay an exorbitant amount of money each month for health insurance. When this legislation passed last year, I was thrilled. “Finally, something that will help me,” I thought. I was so wrong. The effect of this legislation is that that both employers cut their part-workers’ hours and my health insurance premiums will be going up in 2014. So people now have FEWER hours and LESS money to pay even MORE for health insurance. * You can bet that employers will not (until 2015) reinstate the lost hours to their part-timers even though the law has changed.

I heard an interview on NPR last week with a government spokesman. He said that the data does not show that employers are cutting part-time workers’ hours. I would like to know what data he is looking at. It is not just my own personal experience that shows this is flat out incorrect. Every company I know of which employs part-time workers has cut hours. Many started doing this in 2012 to prepare for 2014.

(I agree with the previous commenter. Please do not use phrases like “gonna” for “going to.” A formal news report is not the same as a folksy, cute e-mail to a friend. )

Did the Obama administration say "its gonna" or did Kai Ryssdal say it? Whoever says it is gonna haf to learn to speak more better

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