Ohio officials welcome news of health care delay

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials are praising a move by President Barack Obama’s administration to delay a central requirement of his health care law.

The Obama administration unexpectedly announced on Tuesday a one-year delay in a requirement that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.

Ohio’s insurance director, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, says she hopes the delay will lead to repealing the mandate altogether.

The health law requires companies with 50 or more workers to offer affordable coverage to their employees or face potentially large fines if just one worker ends up getting taxpayer-subsidized insurance.

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio says in a statement the delay is proof the plan is more onerous and complex than initially envisioned.

The administration says it’s responding to businesses’ concerns.

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