The Obama administration unexpectedly announced Tuesday it is delaying the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until 2015.
The mandate — which requires mid-sized and large employers to offer health insurance coverage to their workers — was one of the main requirements of the health care overhaul that was set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.
A report out just last month from the Government Accountability Office also pointed to challenges in opening the federal exchanges on time, underscoring the challenges the administration has in the coming months.
The new employer mandate delay was enough ammo for critics of the law to continue their attacks. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the delay confirms that "Obamacare costs too much and it isn’t working the way the administration promised.”