ObamaCare delay may hurt both parties

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Democrats scrambled Tuesday to praise the delay and associate themselves with the concerns business owners have expressed over compliance with the new, complicated law. They will hear many accusations of politics fueling the decision while on the campaign trail next year.

But it could also hinder Republicans, should it allow the conservative base of the GOP to place ObamaCare at the center of its 2014 and 2016 strategy to hold the House, take back the Senate and win the White House. Though a repeal of ObamaCare is the No. 1 issue that energizes and unites the Republican Party, allowing it to be a reason to turn away from immigration reform would also hurt the GOP in the long run. Eventually, Republicans have to run on what the party is for instead of what it stands against.

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