Democrats in Congress, during a hearing of a House Ways and Means subcommittee on Wednesday, confirmed their strong support for the Affordable Care Act's goal of expanded coverage despite expecting further obstacles and delays in implementation. Republicans criticized the Obama administration for announcing the delay of the employer mandate in a July 2 blog post. Federal grants worth $150 million were announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow health centers to hire almost 3,000 individuals to help the uninsured get coverage.

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