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No Avoidance in Delay

9:00 PM, Jul 2, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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The Obama administration has announced that it's delaying Obamacare's employer mandate—but not the individual mandate. The Obama administration's solicitude for big business apparently doesn't extend to workers and families and individuals.

US Capitol Building at night Jan 2006

So: Shouldn't House and Senate Republicans move next week to delay the individual mandate as well? Will Democrats stand up on the floor of Congress to defend the proposition that businesses deserve relief, but not people? I doubt it. You could see a real rout on the floor of the House—and then the Senate.

Could Obama even sustain a veto of such legislation?

And once the individual mandate is delayed for a year, it can be delayed for another year. And another. Until it, and the whole superstructure of Obamacare, which rests on it, can be repealed.

The Obama administration must have hoped delaying the employer mandate would avoid making the difficult implementation of Obamacare even worse. But the GOP can act now to deprive the administration of what might otherwise prove a manageable and perhaps temporary retreat. The GOP can act so as to teach the administration a lesson from Aeschylus: There is no avoidance in delay.   

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