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Obama: Delay is ‘smoothing out’ shift to health law

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday the latest delay in implementing his health care law is an example of “smoothing out this transition” for a small group of midsize businesses struggling to meet the requirement that they provide health insurance to their employees.

“It may take them some time, even if they’re operating in good faith,” Obama said at a White House news conference. “The purpose of the law is not to punish them, it’s simply to make sure that they are either providing health insurance to their employees or that they’re helping to bear the cost of their employees getting health insurance.”

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