Ohio Business Group Declares Temporary Victory On 'Obamacare'


UPDATED: Wednesday July 3, 2013 6:40 PM

An Ohio business group is declaring at least a temporary victory after a decision by the president to hold off a mandate in the healthcare reform law for a year.

The White House surprised many with an announcement that businesses with more than 50 people will now have another year before they are required to provide health insurance to their employees.

"When you're implementing a program this large, there will be some glitches, there are going to be some hiccups," said President Obama.

Roger Geiger from the National Federation of Independent Business in Ohio says the president made the right call by moving the mandate deadline to January 2015.

"It's temporarily good news," said Geiger.  "We have argued that this is a bad idea, that it's going to cost jobs, and I think the politicians in Washington are finally recognizing that."

The White House says it will work to reduce the application from 21 pages down to three.

It will also work with smaller businesses which had threatened layoffs or reduced employee hours in order to fall under the cutoff of 50 workers.

Speaker of the House John Boehner issued a statement declaring, "This announcement means even the Obama administration knows the 'train wreck' will only get worse."

But Sam Gresham from Ohio Common Cause, appearing on 10TVs Capitol Square, says the health care law isn't going anywhere.

"They know there's some problems initially transitioning into the program so they're easing that" said Gresham.

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