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With Health Care Delay, Businesses Still Want Long-Term Fix

The Obama administration is delaying the requirement that employers offer health care to their workers until 2015.

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Photo: Sen. Joe Donnelly's Office

At a roundtable discussion in New Albany, Joe mets with community leaders and business owners at One Southern Indiana to discuss job creation.

Senator Joe Donnelly says the Obama administration’s decision to delay for one year penalties on employers who do not offer health care to their workers will give businesses more time to make the best decisions possible.

But National Federation of Independent Business Indiana state director Barbara Quandt says the delay only offers mild, temporary relief.

“What small businesses want is a permanent solution and, short of repealing the law, really we need a complete overhaul,” she says.

But Donnelly says repealing the law is not the answer.

“Many of the things the Affordable Care Act does, enabling people with preexisting conditions to get healthcare coverage, people who are 21, 22, 23 able to stay on their parents’ plans, the prescriptions at 50 percent off, these are all good things and they’re going to move forward,” he says.

Donnelly says the one-year delay will also allow Congress to develop solutions to remaining issues with the law. He says that includes changing the definition of full-time worker from 30 to 40 hours a week.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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