NRCC launches ObamaCare countdown

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Administration officials are racing to complete several key tasks before the marketplaces launch on Oct. 1.

The federal government is mounting exchanges in states that refused to create their own and preparing for the new market rules and protections ordered under healthcare reform.

The Treasury Department recently announced that it would delay the law's employer mandate for one year, prompting criticism from Republicans who say the reform is already proving a failure.

But the administration insists ObamaCare's rollout is on schedule, and that the employer mandate delay will not significantly affect the law's performance.