"Instead of delaying, he needs to double his efforts to make the thing work. Scaling back now would only hand the deniers a victory that they have not earned."
"Give the R's an inch, and they will take a mile."
"There's nowhere to run on this one, so best to just stick with the plan."
Should President Obama seek a delay of the individual insurance mandate as part of the Affordable Care Act?
REPUBLICANS (94 VOTES)
"Giving unions and businesses better treatment than people is a killer."
"He needs to do something. Would Jack Kennedy just hunker down in the basement of the White House and hope this blows over?"
"Seriously, what one proactive step has he taken to mitigate this, other than march his minions up to Capitol Hill?"
"It won't make any difference — this is collapsing from its own weight — big trouble yet to come."
"If this was about anything other than the president attempting to impose his will and achieve a political victory, it would have been done months ago."
"Clinton would have 'conceded' this to end the shutdown and solved his own biggest problem. Obama is too proud."
"The drip, drip, drip of ACA failures will continue."
"He won't. It will drive large losses for Democrats in the midterm elections because of his stubbornness."
"Of course he should. But that doesn't mean he will."
"It would only exacerbate his problems. The entire scheme is grounded on the individual mandate and cannot survive without it."
"That would be the policy version of Jenga: You remove that, and it collapses."
"He will have a delay foisted upon him, at which time he will falsely claim it would have worked fine without a delay. After that, he will blame all else that goes wrong on the delay he opposed all along."
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