Obamacare was designed to take effect in little pieces — people under 26 could stay on their parents' insurance immediately, for example, but the expansion of Medicaid takes effect next year. One of those pieces was delayed on Tuesday — the employer mandate, which is different from the individual mandate that brought about a Supreme Court case last year. The Treasury Department delayed the mandate that all employers with more than 50 employees give those workers health insurance or pay a fine. They have till 2015, instead of 2014. Republicans say the delay only shows the law is doomed to failure. House Speaker John Boehner said, "This is a clear acknowledgment that the law is unworkable, and it underscores the need to repeal the law and replace it with effective, patient-centered reforms." House Oversight Committee chair Darrell Issa said the delay "is another in a string of extra legal actions taken by his Administration to mask the horrible impact his law will have on the economy and health care in the United States." The rule was bad, in other words, but President Obama is breaking the law to delay the bad law from taking effect.
Here's what you need to know about the delay, from unemployment concerns and chain restaurants to the mandate's "weird" construction and what this means to you between now and 2015, especially if you live in California:
The Obama administration delayed requiring all employers of 50 or more full-time workers give them insurance until 2015 or pay a fine of up to $4,000.