Just a little more than a week ago, the Obama administration was shouting down any suggesting that Obamacare be delayed.
“The Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. The president signed it. The Supreme Court upheld it as constitutional. It is providing benefits to millions of Americans today,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney earlier this month. He also offered a one-word answer when asked if the president is willing to delay Obamacare: “No.”
“They should not harm average folks out there in order to participate in that exercise. They should do their jobs by making sure the central functions of government are funded,” Carney said.
Flash forward to today, and we get word that yet another aspect of Obamacare is being delayed. Online exchanges operated for small businesses won’t be ready on October 1st:
The Obama administration is delaying another piece of Obamacare – this time postponing online enrollment in some of the small-business exchanges scheduled to open Oct. 1, sources tell POLITICO. …
The delay is expected to further stoke Republican-led concerns that the law is not ready and should be stopped before 2014.
Previously the Obama administration has announced delays in transmitting Medicaid applications to the states. Exchanges in Oregon, Colorado and the District of Columbia are delayed. The employer mandate has been delayed too.
Meanwhile, Democrat Senator Joe Manchin has announced that he’d vote for a one year delay in the individual mandate. House Republicans want a one-year delay in the implementation of the parts of the law not yet implemented.