(The Hill) The Obama administration confirmed Friday that it will delay part of a new program for small businesses under President Obama’s healthcare law.

Some congressional Democrats, including Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) have criticized the delay, which will prevent small-business employees from choosing among multiple healthcare plans.

But the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) said Friday it intends to follow through on the delay.

The healthcare law establishes new insurance marketplaces, referred to as SHOP exchanges, where small businesses can compare and purchase insurance plans.

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