What They Are Saying About the Employer Mandate Delay

Last night, the White House announced that it would delay the employer health mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which requires businesses with 50 employees or more to provide health insurance or pay a fine of $2,000 per employee. This announcement is proof the President’s health care law is unworkable. What is everyone else saying about the announcement?

“The Obama administration has undermined its sole claim to greatness and delivered a blow to Democrats on the ballot in 2014.” (Seven reasons Obamacare’s employer mandate delay is a huge deal, Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin, July 2, 2013)

“The delay could also undermine the law’s main goal of covering the nearly 50 million Americans without health insurance.” (Obama admin delays major requirement of health law, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, July 2, 2013)

“The delay is the latest snag to hit the Affordable Care Act, the biggest transformation in U.S. health care since the introduction of Medicare in the 1960s.” (Health law penalties delayed, Louise Radnofsky, July 2, 2013)

A significant setback for President Obama’s signature domestic initiative.” (Crucial rule is delayed for Obama’s health law, Jackie Calmes and Robert Pear, New York Times, July 2, 2013)

A fresh setback for President Obama’s landmark health-care overhaul as it enters a critical phase.” (White House delays health-care rule that businesses provide insurance to workers, Zachary A. Goldfarb and Sandhya Somashekhar, Washington Post, July 2, 2013)

A major concession in what is considered the president’s signature achievement.” (Jan Crawford, CBS This Morning, July 3, 2013)

Underscores the immense pressure the administration is under as it tries to roll out the extremely complex law.” (Obama to delay healthcare law’s employer mandate, Noam N. Levey, July 2, 2013)

A major concession to the business community and lawmakers who have become increasingly vocal about the law’s potential to damage a slowly recovering economy.” (Key Obamacare rule for business delayed for year, Brett Norman and Jennifer Haberkorn, July 2, 2013)

“The move raised questions about the future of other provisions of the law, including the mandate for individuals to obtain health coverage in 2014, and followed widespread complaints from businesses and their lobbyists about reporting requirements for employers with 50 or more full-time workers.” (U.S. to delay key health-reform provision to 2015, David Morgan, Reuters, July 2, 2013)