October 17, 2013
Washington Examiner senior writer Philip Klein is not the only one who thinks President Obama may yet delay Obamacare's individual mandate, even after he flatly rejected the idea when proposed by conservatives during the government shutdown fight.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., has suggested a similar conclusion.
"I still do not think that it is outside the realm of possibility that this administration will suddenly announce, 'You know what, let's delay the individual mandate as well,'" said Huelskamp, one of the most vocal of Tea Party Republicans elected in 2010.
Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., doesn't just suggest it — he predicts it.
"I'm going to go one step further, and I'm going to say that it is going to happen. I'll predict it right now," Salmon said. "Within the next couple of months, you watch, the president will, himself, delay the individual mandate."
Salmon said Obama was getting the brunt of heavy media criticism about the Obamacare rollout and even liberal pundits like Jon Stewart were turning on him.
"It's not ready for prime time, and everybody knows it. The president knows it, he just didn't negotiate out of stubbornness or political positioning," he said. "But at the end of the day, mark my words, he will end up postponing it."