The Obama administrationcampaign delayed the employer mandate purely for politics. They did that to ensure that Obama had a chance of winning in 2012. That’s the inescapable conclusion to be drawn from this at NRO.

“It is projected that more group health plans will transition to the requirements under the regulations as time goes on,” DOJ lawyers wrote in response to court challenge to the law’s requirement that insurance plans provide coverage of contraception. “Defendants have estimated that a majority of group health plans will have lost their grandfather status by the end 2013.”

The DOJ cites the June 17, 2010, edition of the Federal Register, which acknowledges that within the first year of Obamacare’s employer mandate, the insurance plans offered by many employers will be canceled because their policies will not be grandfathered under the administration’s regulations. ”The Departments’ mid-range estimate is that 66 percent of small-employer plans and 45 percent of large-employer plans will relinquish their grandfather status by the end of 2013,” the Register says. “The low-end estimates are for 49 percent and 34 percent of small and large-employer plans, respectively, to have relinquished grandfather status, and the high-end estimates are 80 percent and 64 percent, respectively.”

“If you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare” was always a lie. The Obama administrationcampaign made that promise repeatedly but knew it wasn’t going to be fulfilled the entire time. If a majority of Americans, both on the individual and in the employer-based healthcare markets, were losing our insurance prior to the 2012 election, Obama would have been defeated in a landslide.

So they lawlessly delayed the mandate. Obamacare was such a great plan that Barack Obama had to essentially exempt himself from it to get re-elected.