There has been more political jockeying this week related to the ACA. A week after the White House announced that it would delay implementation of the play-or-pay rule for large employers to provide health insurance coverage by one year, House Republicans have called for a similar delay in the individual mandate. The mandate is expected to play a significant role in getting uninsured people signed up for health coverage. Outside of a few limited categories of people, the mandate applies to most everyone in the United States.
There is no indication that such a delay will occur. Jay Carney, spokesman for the Obama administration, responded, “A piece of legislation like [the ACA], to be responsibly implemented, needs to be implemented in a flexible way.”