Obama Backs Off a Bit on Health Care Mandates
February 28, 2011 at 1:25PM
I'm not entirely sure why this concerns me, considering by 2014, Arizona might have already seceded from the union already, but still, anything that pleases Republican governors at this point concerns me:
In remarks to the National Governors Association, Mr. Obama said he backed legislation that would enable states to request federal permission to withdraw from the law’s mandates in 2014 rather than in 2017 as long as they could prove that they could find other ways to cover as many people as the original law would and at the same cost. The earlier date is when many of the act’s central provisions take effect, including requirements that most individuals obtain health insurance and that employers of a certain size offer coverage to workers or pay a penalty.