The Obama Administration announced on Tuesday, July 2 that implementation of the highly contentious employer mandate provision of ObamaCare will be delayed until 2015. You can bet that the timing of this announcement is not at all coincidental - while Congress is out of town for the 4th of July holiday and it is a particularly slow news week.
The delay undoubtedly is a political decision, as most everything out of the Obama White House is. With the 2014 elections already in clear sight, the last thing the Democrats are looking forward to is defending their vote for the massive piece of legislation that growing numbers of voters hate.
A June 5,2013 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found 49 percent opposed to the legislation and only 37 percent support it. That is the highest percentage of opposition since NBC/WSJ began polling about ObamaCare in 2009. The poll also found that by a 2-to-1 margin Americans "believe the law makes them worse off, the highest figure the survey has found since President Barack Obama signed the law."
Following is the FoxNews coverage posted shortly after the Obama Administration announced the delay.
Administration delays key ObamaCare insurance mandate
The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is delaying a major provision in the health care overhaul, putting off until 2015 a requirement that many employers offer health insurance.
The announcement was made late Tuesday by the Treasury Department, at the beginning of the holiday week while Congress was on recess. It comes amid reports that the administration is running into roadblocks as it prepares to implement ObamaCare.
The change in the employer mandate is arguably the most significant concession the administration has made to date.
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., a critic of the law, seized on the delay as a "clear admission" that the law is "unaffordable, unworkable and unpopular."