There is no doubt that Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, has seen its fair share of problems since its inception and passage. The law, which has been criticized by Republicans for being too far reaching, problematic, and filled with unnecessary pork and regulations, is facing another setback in full implementation. The House voted to delay a portion of the bill that would require employers of 50 full time workers or more on staff to offer healthcare or face a penalty. With employers wary and weary of the constant regulations, the success of this portion of the bill was in limbo. This week, it received a stay of implementation that was to the satisfaction of many Republicans.

The problem with this portion of Obamacare, or at least one of the problems, was that it was becoming more and more apparent to employers that offering insurance to their employees would cost them more than the penalty. In essence, employers were highly considering the choice of simply not providing insurance rather than curb their behavior to meet the regulations. This would negate the President’s promise that everyone with insurance would be able to keep it if they wanted.

The Obama Administration noted this problem and recognized the potential for problems in recent months, backing away from the 2015 implementation. The delay in the actual enforcement is just the first step for many Republicans who have doubted the bill from the beginning. The next plan of attack and delay is in the area of the individual mandate, with many Republican leaders (and those in the public) urging the Administration and Congress for reconsideration. This is a promising sign for those who want to defeat the bill all together and see its repeal, if only a glimmer of hope. Republicans will likely continue the fight and hopefully be able to put pressure until more action can be taken by a Republican leader. The GOP has its work cut out for itself but the public is becoming more aware of the problems hidden within this gem of healthcare legislation, and it is only likely to grow in scrutiny over time.

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