Boehner to Obama: Why a break for businesses only?

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By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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."

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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