|DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press|
"The best delay for Obamacare is a permanent one," House Majority Leader
Success in midterm elections depends in large part on turning out the party's core voters, and Republicans see the latest twist as an opportunity to further vilify the health care law and ignite a
"I've heard from countless employers in
In their strategy for next year's elections, Republicans were determined to focus on how medium and large businesses would respond to the law's requirement and the possibility that would translate into job losses. The
The one-year delay to
"Pushing back the economic damage of Obamacare past the next election won't change the reality of harm to employees or to the overall economy," Hoagland said in an interview. "It just seeks to protect those responsible for the legislation."
Democrats sought to cast the issue as the administration listening to the business community.
"The administration has demonstrated its commitment to implement the Affordable Care Act with increased flexibility for the 4 percent of America's businesses impacted by the employer responsibility requirement," House Democratic leader
Pelosi argued that a significant majority of businesses already provide health insurance to their employees. The
Democrats have always been dogged by the fact that few Americans understand the law and many fear its effect.
In the most recent polling, the