Administration stretches another Obamacare deadline

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“That means that if premiums go through the roof in the first year of Obamacare, no one will know about it until after the election,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, said. “This is clearly a cynical political move by the Obama administration to use extra-regulatory, by-any-means-necessary tools to keep this program afloat and hide key information from voters.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the time frame was delayed to give insurers more time to assess the make-up of customers and set future premiums.

“This gives them more time to assess the pool of people who are getting insurance through the marketplaces and make decisions about what rates will look like in the coming year,” he said at Friday’s daily press briefing.

Earlier this year, the GOP criticized the White House for its decision in July to delay enforcement of the employer mandate, which requires larger firms to provide health coverage for full-time employees or pay fines, from 2014 to 2015, or after the mid-term elections.

Republicans also derided the White House for announcing its decision in a blog post shortly before the July 4 holiday.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, said the new delay was made for “purely political reasons.”

“If Obamacare is so great, why are Democrats so scared of voters knowing its consequences?” he said.

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