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Weak. Does this mean the


Does this mean the individual mandate will also be delayed for a year until 2016?

Gives Congress time to vote to repeal it 30 more times, too. Maybe one of them will stick.

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Agreed. A little scary.

Agreed. A little scary.

According to Reuters, "This is a clear acknowledgment that the law is unworkable, and it underscores the need to repeal the law and replace it with effective, patient-centered reforms," Boehner said in a statement."

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Analysis from Kaiser Health

Analysis from Kaiser Health News:

Delay In Major Health Law Provision Raises Doubts At Critical Stage Of Rollout

"The large majority of employers already offer health coverage to their workers," said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. "No one thought that the employer requirement was going to meaningfully change that." (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)

But other analysts said the delay could cause more workers to lose their health care coverage.

"The policy implications are fairly straightforward. Essentially for calendar 2014 the act of dropping coverage and dumping employees into the exchanges is on sale," said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office and now president of the American Action Forum. "Drop and dump, but no penalty."

Also, the report says that the individual mandate is still in place and exchanges should be up and running, but:

Analysts said there also may be problems determining eligibility for insurance subsidies in the form of tax credits.

"If employers have no obligation to report coverage, how will the exchanges or the IRS verify claims that coverage is unaffordable or inadequate?" said Timothy Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee School of Law. "Could this potentially mean that many more individuals will become eligible for premium tax credits, either because their employers drop or do not expand coverage, or fail to respond to requests to verify coverage?

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Right wing conservatives and

Right wing conservatives and business groups are giddy with excitement about the news. Here's a roundup of reaction, also from Kaiser Health News:

Business Groups, Consumer Advocates, Politicians, Policy Makers React To Mandate Decision

This is a gift to the GOP for the 2014 elections.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander opines



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White House didn't want to implement until after 2014 mid terms

Democratic Party already has the projected costs of this fiasco bill already calculated and they'd rather not implement the bill until there is nobody left in office accountable for mistake that is ObamaCare. It costs too much money and it simply will not work. United Health is leaving California, wonder why. 58,000 insureds will now be looking for

ObamaCare is a political document/campaign tool, not a piece of landmark healthcare reform, nothing "affordable" in that trainwreck of legislation.

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Single-payer would be great.

Single-payer would be great. I'll take what I can with some of the guarantees in the ACA.

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Aren't these implementation

Aren't these implementation dates specified in the legislation? Obama doesn't have the authority to do this. I suppose they are arguing that his administration will simply not enforce the law. But what about his oath of office?

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#ObamaCareInThreeWords Corpor


Corporations aren't people?

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