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Does Obama Have the Power to Delay His Mandate?

The health-care law laid out a specific timeline for the various parts to come into play, with no obvious room for a delay.

Employers won't be required to purchase health insurance for their employees next year, the Barack Obama administration said in an announcement yesterday. The decision, more specifically, is to defer the tax-reporting requirement in the Affordable Care Act that makes the mandate enforceable.

This raises the question: Can the administration do that?