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Postponing health rules emboldens Republicans

GOP leaders seek probe into reason for delay

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s decision to delay enforcing a pillar of the health care law, the mandate that larger employers provide insurance benefits, raised new questions Wednesday about the government’s preparedness to carry out the landmark law and emboldened congressional Republicans to open an investigation into the postponement.

Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee demanded documents and other information from the Treasury secretary and the secretary of health and human services about the decision announced Tuesday to put off for a year, until 2015, the law’s reporting requirements and penalties. Some Republicans charged that the White House was trying to help Democrats by postponing the changes until after the 2014 midterm elections, but others saw no advantage for Democrats either way.

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