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White House defends waivers from new health law
San Francisco Chronicle

The White House on Thursday defended granting waivers to some employers from a key provision of the new health care law, saying it was the best way to keep people insured until the law fully takes effect.

At issue is a new requirement banning annual caps on benefits, which began phasing in last month. Many employers and insurers that offer low-cost, low-benefit insurance plans known as “mini-med” plans would not have been able to comply with the new requirement without raising monthly premiums to virtually unaffordable levels.

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