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Florida restaurant chain adds Obamacare surcharge to meal bills

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO (Reuters) - Diners at a Florida restaurant chain are being asked to pay a health insurance surcharge on their meal tabs to cover the cost for business owners of the Obama administration's new healthcare program. Customers at eight Gator's Dockside restaurants dotted around central and north Florida are finding a 1 percent surcharge on their bills listed as "ACA," the letters standing for the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

Ohio gay couple sues after being denied Obamacare coverage

(Reuters) - A gay couple in Ohio filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday, charging they were unable to obtain family coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law because the state of Ohio does not recognize their same-sex marriage. The plaintiffs, Alfred Cowger and Anthony Wesley of Gates Mills, Ohio, have been together since 1986 and were married in New York state in 2012, six years after adopting a daughter, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Ohio.

Some big companies will be able to avoid coverage penalty under new health care rule

WASHINGTON - Big retail stores, hotels, restaurants and other companies with lots of low-wage and part-time workers are among the main beneficiaries of the Obama administration's latest tweak to health care rules. Companies with 100 or more workers will be able to avoid the biggest of two potential employer penalties in the Affordable Care Act by offering coverage to 70 per cent of their full-timers. That target is considerably easier to hit than the administration's previous requirement of 95 per cent, but the wiggle room is only good for next year.

New Obama admin. health care rule would also allow some big firms to avoid a coverage penalty

WASHINGTON - Big retail stores, hotels, restaurants and other firms with lots of low-wage and part-time workers are among the main beneficiaries of the Obama administration's latest tweak to health care rules. Companies with 100 or more workers will be able to avoid the biggest of two potential employer penalties in the Affordable Care Act by offering coverage to 70 per cent of their full-timers. That target is considerably easier to hit than the administration's previous requirement of 95 per cent, but the wiggle room is only good for next year.

Obama defends latest delay to his healthcare law

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the latest delay in his healthcare law's employer mandate, saying it follows similar relief his administration has already given to certain individuals.

Democrats promote positive message on Obamacare and work hours

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats sought to turn the latest controversy over Obamacare and the economy into a positive political message on Sunday by casting an expected decline in American work hours as a boon to worker freedom and family values.

How Obamacare is creating new pathways to retirement

By Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Is President Obama's health reform law a job killer? Republicans seized on a new high-profile analysis of the Affordable Care Act this week to ram home that oft-repeated talking point. But the report, issued this week by the Congressional Budget Office, actually says something quite different: Jobs won't be destroyed, but more Americans will choose to work fewer hours because of the ACA's structure, which subsidizes the cost of health insurance for households with low- and middle-range incomes.

Obamacare to cut work hours by equivalent of 2 million jobs: CBO

By David Morgan and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's healthcare law will reduce American workforce participation by the equivalent of 2 million full-time jobs in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday, prompting Republicans to paint the law as bad medicine for the U.S. economy.

White House in damage control on health care jobs report

The White House launched a swift damage control effort Tuesday after a congressional watchdog suggested President Barack Obama's health care law would mean the equivalent of more than two million fewer jobs. The report by the Congressional Budget Office offered fresh ammunition to gleeful Republicans who said it proved their long-held argument that Obamacare, which they have repeatedly tried to repeal, would "kill" jobs.

White House refutes CBO finding that Obamacare to reduce jobs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday refuted arguments that Obamacare reforms will hurt jobs, and said a new report from the Congressional Budget Office finds the reforms will spur hiring during the 2014-2016 period. "Claims that the Affordable Care Act hurts jobs are simply belied by the facts in the CBO report," the White House said in a statement about the report, contradicting assessments that said the CBO showed reforms will result in a cut to hours. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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