Obama administration delays major requirement of health law

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  • athought Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    @Truthseeker & Miss Piggy - thanks for your feedback. She is a single mom -- could go on Medicaid and qualifies for it, but took her several years to get totally rid of her no good ex -- with a little friendly persuasion from local police saying they would arrest him if he continued to harass her. He had his parental rights taken away, but was still ordered to pay child support which he doesn't -- so she doesn't want the ORS to collect and let him know where she lives, but that is one requirement for Medicaid -- so again stuck between a rock and hard spot. Courts won't amend divorce decree saying he doesn't have to pay, so it's also counted against her for school loans, grants, etc. As far as school, they do offer insurance, again very high deductible, little coverage, and almost $100 a month premiums. Love this administration and the help they give struggling students trying to better themselves. I guess she could quit working, quit school, and be a burden on society, which she doesn't want. She wants to be independent, and is counting on schooling to get her there.

  • Mr. Bean Pheonix, AZ
    July 4, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    "How can Obama change dates, change requirements, and basically do whatever he wants?

    Question: Where does an elephant sit...

    Answer: anywhere he pleases.

    Does this help explain why Obama can change anything he wants? There's no one to stop him. We can't count on the Attorney General, Eric Holder, the guy charged with enforcing the law of the land, since they're buddy-buddies. And the Senate... Obama has the Senate in his back pocket. They won't budge to do anything to make him follow the law.

    Let's look a little further... Obama thumbs his nose at the immigration laws as well. He refuses to enforce the laws currently on the books which includes arresting and deporting illegals and enforcing employers to use E-Verify. Furthermore, he has given a two-year amnesty to millions of so-called 'Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals' with extensions available when the two years are up. None if this is legal and lawful. Yet he gets away with it. The guy is acting like an autocrat with unlimited powers to do as he wishes.

  • Miss Piggie Pheonix, AZ
    July 4, 2013 3:36 p.m.

    "I don't understand this whole thing."

    You have to pass it before you know what's in it... according to Nancy Peloci, then you have to read it... which most if not all of congress did not do.

    "Can anyone give me suggestions about this wonderful Health Care package."

    Hope for good luck with her health until she gets employment that provides health insurance benefits. And if she does have problems have her do what the illegal immigrants do, go to the hospital for service and tell them you're poor. It should work. Keep a fairly sad face through it all.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    July 3, 2013 10:11 p.m.


    How old is your daughter? She can continue to be covered on your or her father's insurance until she is 26 yrs old.

    If she is older than 26, she may qualify for a subsidy once Obamcare becomes fully implemented.

    I don't know what is going on in UT, except they are one of the states which is not setting up its own insurance exchanges.

    If she lived in CA, was 29yrs old and made $12,000/yr she would qualify for Medi-Cal, (Medicaid).
    CA has an on-line calculator for Californians to calculate premiums and see the various levels of insurance coverage.

    Perhaps she should contact UT Medicaid office.

    She could also check with the school she is attending and see if they have student policies?

  • David Centerville, UT
    July 3, 2013 5:46 p.m.

    So isn't the details of Obamacare part of the law?

    How can Obama change dates, change requirements, and basically do whatever he wants? Is this another example of Obama disregarding the laws that are on the books and doing whatever he wants?

    I don't like Obamacare and would love to have it replaced. But why is Obama changing the requirements? Rather than delay the start date, just throw the law out and replace it with something that is actually bipartisan and good for the country.

  • athought Salt Lake City, UT
    July 3, 2013 5:32 p.m.

    I don't understand this whole thing. This delay will help small businesses not to have required coverage for another year. Can anyone give me suggestions about this wonderful Health Care package. My daughter is going to school, working part time -- therefore she isn't insured through her work. She has gone to the doctor maybe once in 5 or more years for a bad sprain she thought was a break, which she paid for, for a total of approximately $250. Now she's panicking because she's required to carry insurance or be fined. I think the cheapest she's found so far is $126 a month (which she doesn't have) and has a $1250 per year deductible - and that's before they will pay anything, and still a 20% co-payment if deductible is met. Any suggestions for people like her. So much for this Healthcare Plan helping the poor. Do we not understand it?

  • wrz Pheonix, AZ
    July 3, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    "Obama administration delays major requirement of health law"

    Oh ho!!! Now we can now see clearly how Obama will most likely handle the immigration bill if/when it becomes law. He will ignore the requirements of the law for political expediency. He will reduce the time requirement for illegal immigrants to become citizens to a year or two. He will put illegals on the government dole (social security, medicare, medicaid, food stamps, etc., right off the bat... and a myriad of other things. Obama has already illegally given amnesty to thousands called 'Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.' The guy is acting like an autocrat.

    July 3, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    @There You Go Again

    Corporations will probably use the same excuse as always. They are in business to provide a product or service, which they can produce or deliver at the lowest cost for the level of quality their owners deem acceptable. I suppose you think they should be in business just to provide people with benefit-laden jobs, whether they make a profit of not, even if government regulations put them out of business. That's called socialism or communism. Apparently we're moving in that direction, which, historically speaking, does not bode well for corporations, or the people they employ.

    But I'm sure George Soros will come up with a new messaging strategy to whip up the Democratic base for 2014...

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    July 3, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    "Trouble is....you GOP'ers NEVER suggest what you would do if you were in power."

    That's what you believe because you listen to the liberal media. The truth is that the GOP has given their answers, but it's much more favorable for the Democrats if the media and Obama pretended the GOP didn't have a plan than it would be to actually report the GOP's plan.

    I know, it must be hard to hear that the Democrats would lie to you, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. There's a lot more coming that you don't about.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    July 3, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    To "There You Go Again" since you are an Obama supporter, can you explain why Obama had to delay implementation if it is to be so beneficial and wonderful? Remember, it was sold to us with the promise that there really wouldn't be any changes, and that was several years ago. The excuse that he is using is a lie simply because businesses have had years to plan for this and implement it. What do you think the real reason is for Obama allowing this portion to be implemented?

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 3, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    Not to worry...

    Not all is lost...

    Frank Luntz, Republican Goebbels Award Winner, will come up with a new messaging strategy to whip up the Republican base for 2014...


    Corporations and/or private companies who have used the ACA as an excuse to cut benefits for employees as well as pare down the number of employees and/or employee work hours, will now use what excuse to defend their behavior?

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    July 3, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    RE: Happy2bhere

    I'm proud of you for making the effort, but you are wasting your breath. This guy, and his mind-numbed leftist buddies will be asking the same question next week and the week after....! Just like they have through 4 years of this whole process, as though they have never heard or been taught any of these principles before!

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 3, 2013 9:24 a.m.


    how is BO's trickle-up poverty working for you?

    rather than give it a chance and see how it works...

    OK, let's prescribe arsenic, lead, and cyanide for our patient and see how it works. That is what BO and the dems have done.

    GOPers never put forth any ideas?

    Too Much MSNBC for you! your lack of valid information is showing.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    July 3, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    Seems like the only motivation driving this administration is that of preserving Democrat politicians' careers. How many election-changing revelations or implementations have now been put off until after an election, in order to bolster Democrat political position?

    IRS, AP, Fast and Furious, and AHCA, all delayed in one way or another to aid in Democrat (re)election bids.

    When did the USA become Chicago? Oh yeah, when BO got elected the first time.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    July 3, 2013 8:43 a.m.


    OK here is a GOP'er giving you some ideas that might work. I hope you will stipulate that Obamas policies have not worked. First, tax cuts for businesses help create jobs. Defense spending employs a lot of people, and these are the people who have taken the time to get educations and qualified themselves to do something. Not the lazy sit on their behind and collect food stamp low information voter that elected Obama. No Republican is advocating eliminating SS or Medicare. Red herring point by you. How much more divided can a country get when not one Republican voted for Obamacare, and still Pelosi and Reid rammed it through, against public opinion. I'm afraid the division in this country comes from your side, not ours.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 3, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    Desperate people do desperate things. Now the administration is learning the unintended consequences of poorly crafted legislation, not the least of which is its effect on elections. If the ACA act is good in 2015, it is good in 2013. Putting implementation off for one year is being done solely for the purposes of electioneering. Politics triumphs over principle. So much for the sanctimonious but shallow high mindedness of health care reformers.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    July 3, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    Clinton and Obama had these grand visions for health care. Grand visions fall flat. They have way too much confidence (arrogance?) in their ability to juggle complicated things.

    Perhaps the way to do it is to start out small. Maybe give everyone free immunizations. See how that works. Then increase it if everyone is happy with how it is being run.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    July 3, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    Still trying to be unaccountable Mr. President? Like Benghazi, fast and furious, AP debacles, IRS scandals, the sequester lies, NSA and now this? Show every Democrat who forced this train wreck upon us the door in 2014!

  • hobbes1012003 Kaysville, UT
    July 3, 2013 2:52 a.m.

    Once again the current office pulls a brilliant move in politics. this will probably prevent voters from voting against democrats in the coming elections, and give them that much longer to spin us a web of lies on how great Obamacare will be before it tanks the country.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    July 2, 2013 10:54 p.m.

    Like No Child Left Behind, an absolute failure, Obama Care is suffering the same fate. No Democratic or Republican senator wants to even mention the absolute failure of NCLB. Democrats are running scared and this was done only for Political purposes, not out of patience or anything else offered up by Obama. So much for 'doing what's right'. End Welfare, End Dept. of Education, End unconstitutional government! I am not a Tea party member. I'm an American that believes in Liberty! End the delusion that government can fix any problem, and take care of everything! Obamacare must be repealed and States' rights given its constitutional place! It's really that simple.

  • VickieB SLC, UT
    July 2, 2013 9:53 p.m.

    It's for next years election. Millions of people cut to 29 hours would of sunk the Democrats.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    July 2, 2013 8:05 p.m.

    Zac, that's right, remember we had to pass it to find out what was in it!

  • David Centerville, UT
    July 2, 2013 7:13 p.m.

    This delay is not about giving businesses more time to understand or implement the complexities of Obamacare. Since when has Obama cared at all about business, unless that business is donating to his campaign?

    Clearly this delay is meant to help Senate & House Democrats who voted for Obamacare and are now taking it on the chin in their reelection efforts.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    July 2, 2013 7:03 p.m.

    You can't fix stupid not even with duct tape.

  • Zac Ogden, UT
    July 2, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    So did a certain current president and former speaker finally read the bill?

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    July 2, 2013 6:00 p.m.

    Exactly right Steve! The anointed one finally admits what a jobs killer his policies really are, is what this article is all about. Hopefully its not a case of to little to late!

  • David P. Livermore, CA
    July 2, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    The first paragraph says the delay will be until 2105??

    That's a lot more than a year?? Is that an AP typo or a DN typo??

    I'm sure the Conservatives would really like to have a delay until 2105.

  • California Steve Hanford, CA
    July 2, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    The first paragraph should have read: In a major concession to the 2014 MID-TERM ELECTION, the Obama administration Tuesday unexpectedly announced a one-year delay....