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Dems downplay delay of ObamaCare employer mandate

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It also means one of healthcare reform’s central requirements will be implemented after the 2014 midterm elections, when the GOP is likely to use the Affordable Care Act as a vehicle to attack vulnerable Democrats.

White House officials cast the delay as a decision necessary to give employers more time to comply with the rules, while Republicans said it showed President Obama's signature legislative achievement was fatally flawed.

Former Obama adviser David Axelrod on Wednesday insisted history would look kindly on the law.

President Obama’s “view is that we ought to plow forward, make sure this can work, and we're going to look back at it, and it's going to be our proudest accomplishment," Axelrod said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

In a White House blog post, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett wrote Tuesday that the delay would give employers more time to adjust to the system.

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