It started off like every other piece of bad news to hit the wires over the last few months: the online marketplace for small businesses would be delayed another year.

And while, at first blush, the delay appeared to be the latest in an apparently never-ending avalanche of them for this administration, it's the best bit of news for everyone else in months.

The brokers are the big winners here, even earning an endorsement from the administration itself during the latest announcement, as they assured employers to use "an agent, broker or insurance company to buy coverage this year, instead of using a government website."

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