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News new reaction and growing questions about the White House's plan to delay the deadline for companies.
To provide health care coverage for their employees.
Companies with at least fifty employees -- face -- -- they didn't comply with.
The law -- next year but the Obama administration has pushed that deadline now.
Back to 2015.
Which comes after the mid term congressional elections -- 2014.
David Hawkins is senior editor at roll call and -- David good to see so is this the White House sort of waving a white flag.
Well that's certainly what the Republicans will say I mean on the on the one hand they have been deprived.
The ability to campaign against the new employer mandates so -- that.
You you might think that the political motive was to sort of take that weapon out of the Republicans.
Hands but clearly the Republicans are eager -- now say.
Well where it that bit.
The president is waving the white flag he's afraid to run on this he's afraid to have congressional Democrats run on this.
-- The only what Republicans will say it's the only way to get rid of this thing is to hire more Republicans to go to congress to repeal it altogether 12015.
Now the administration's argument and and out of some Democrats who are in support of this is that this is a pro business move.
This is the administration.
Listening to the concerns of the business community.
Which had stated that it needs some more time to figure out the ins and outs of this employer mandate.
This gives them that time and this is the sort of a signal that the administration is listening to the business community is that is that genuine is that -- what is it.
Oh I think that that might be genuine but there's that there's that -- double edged sword to that one as well which is that the Republicans will say well this is.
They may be listening to business but but in the Republican view is you shouldn't pick winners and losers.
In society or and -- the making of public policy.
And while they are exempting these larger businesses from the employer mandate.
They are not putting a pause on.
The requirement that this that that individuals have insurance so there rewarding the business community's complaints but not rewarding a little guys complaints of what the Republicans side.
What is the general thinking down in DC David as far as this deadline being pushed now because as we mentioned it in the intro this takes it beyond.
The mid terms next year in the 25 team but by that point.
A presidential election will be sort of in full swing and we'll have candidates on both sides.
Running for their party's nomination they're gonna have to come down.
One way or the other on Obama care in general and some of these different aspects of it specifically what is the thinking in DC in terms of how this plays out not just for the mid terms but for the presidential election coming up in 2016.
Great great question there's always an election somewhere in some time minute's thought -- there's never a time in Washington where there isn't a political calendar being looked at.
The notion would be that early in 2015.
Is sort of the last time the first half of 2015.
Is the last time that congress and the president will be sort of free of of politics -- as free of politics as they ever are going to be and that implementing it then.
Will be the president's last chance to put you know the stamp on his legacy administered by then of course the president will be truly a lame duck.
He will never be on the back out again he'll never be trying that.
That the voters will never be electing a congress to -- reward him or punish him again and this would be -- -- the last chance to put his.
His legacy in place and that he will press ahead and do it.
And hope that that this next year will allow them to work out the obvious manifest -- in this thing.
David Hawkins joining us on this July 4 from our nation's capital David good to talk to you thanks so much.
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