1. 'operational challenges'

    Obama Delays Small Firm Healthcare

    FILE - In this March 23, 2010 file photo, Marcelas Owens of Seattle, left, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., right, and others, look on as President Barack Obama signs the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Medical claims costs _ the biggest driver of health insurance premiums _ will jump an average 32 percent for individual policies under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, according to a study by the nation’s leading group of financial risk analysts. Recently released to its members, the report from the Society of Actuaries could turn into a big headache for the Obama administration at a time when many parts of the country remain skeptical about the Affordable Care Act.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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    The Obama administration has announced a program to provide affordable insurance plans to small businesses will be delayed due to tight deadlines. The law, which would create a new health insurance market for these firms to chose from, was supposed to be enacted in January. But according to officials, it will be pushed back to 2015, citing "operational challenges." As a result, small employers using the market will be offering just a single plan to workers next year. The setback will "prolong and exacerbate health care costs that are crippling 29 million small businesses,” says Louisiana Senator Mary L. Landrieu, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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