As unexpected as news was, the responses from key stakeholders and critics in the healthcare reform debate were predictable.
House Speaker John Boehner, (R-OH) said in prepared remarks that "this announcement means even the Obama administration knows the 'train wreck' will only get worse. I hope the administration recognizes the need to release American families from the mandates of this law as well. This is a clear acknowledgment that the law is unworkable, and it underscores the need to repeal the law and replace it with effective, patient-centered reforms."
Business groups cheered the news.
"We commend the Administration's wise move to delay the employer reporting and penalty obligations under the Affordable Care Act. This one-year delay will provide employers and businesses more time to update their healthcare coverage without threat of arbitrary punishment," said Neil Trautwein, with the National Retail Federation.
"The National Retail Federation has worked hard to engage and educate our diverse membership on the upcoming ACA requirements and consistently and empathetically called on the Administration to delay these specific regulations. We appreciate the Administration's recognition of employer concerns and hope it will allow for greater flexibility in the future."