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The Side Effects of Delaying Obamacare

The decision to delay Obamacare may need a warning label.

The Obama administration has decided to delay until 2015 its enforcement of the employer mandate, a provision in its health-care law that requires businesses to provide insurance to employees. Assistant Treasury Secretary Mark J. Mazur announced the change in a statement on Tuesday, noting the administration's concern that businesses won't be ready to comply.

My colleague Chris Flavelle writes that the decision boosts the odds that other groups will be able to win further changes to the law, such as eliminating the excise tax on medical devices. It may also create some stress on the implementation of two other parts of the health law: the individual insurance exchanges and the individual coverage mandate.