Obama: Partisanship to blame for executive action on employer mandate delay

“That would be the normal thing that I would prefer to do. But we’re not in a normal atmosphere around here when it comes to 'ObamaCare,' ” he said at a news conference on Friday. “We did have the executive authority to do so and we did so, but this doesn’t go to the core of implementation.”

Some lawmakers have said Obama does not have the power to implement only the parts of the bill he wants, and the GOP-controlled House approved legislation to delay the mandate. 

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The mandate requires that companies with more than 50 full-time employees offer health insurance. They will now have until 2015 to comply with the requirement.

Obama denied that the delay should be an indication that the Affordable Care Act as a whole is flawed, as Republicans have charged.

Instead, he called it a necessary part of any major institutional effort.

There are always “some glitches” in landmark legislation, he said, from Social Security to Medicare.

“That’s true, by the way, of a car company rolling out a new car. That’s true of Apple rolling out the new iPad. You will be able to, whenever you want during the course of the next six months and the next year, find occasions where you say ‘A-ha! That could’ve been done a little bit better,’” Obama said.

The administration has explained that it decided to delay the employer mandate in response to lingering questions in the law and concerns over regulations that had yet to be finalized.