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Boehner to Obama: Why a break for businesses only?

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  • In this June 20, 2013 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration's abrupt delay of the health insurance mandate for employers saves Democrats a major re-election headache in next year's midterm contests. But it does boost the underlying Republican complaint: The health care law is unworkable and Congress should repeal it.

      In this June 20, 2013 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration's abrupt delay of the health insurance mandate for employers saves Democrats a major re-election headache in next year's midterm contests. But it does boost the underlying Republican complaint: The health care law is unworkable and Congress should repeal it.
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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama should grant individuals a reprieve from his health care law's coverage requirement -- just like the White House did last week for larger employers.

In a letter to the president Tuesday, the Ohio Republican and other GOP leaders said --quote-- "we also believe American families need the same relief."

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The letter frames a new Republican argument against the law, one that could gain traction in next year's congressional elections.

Last week, the administration unexpectedly announced a one-year delay in the employer requirement, saying more time was needed to work out technical issues.

The requirement for individuals survived a Supreme Court challenge, and experts say it will be far more important in getting people to sign up than the employer requirement.

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