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On Sunday’s This Week on ABC, the network’s political director, Rick Klein, criticized the Obama administration’s handling of the rollout of Obamacare. He called it a “slow-motion train wreck,” following the announcement that the employer-mandate provision would be delayed until January 1, 2015.

You have seen Democrats saying that implementing Obamacare has the potential to be a train wreck. Well, now you have the prospect of a slow-motion train wreck. Here’s the thing about this particular provision, this effects thousands of workers, not the millions of workers who are going to be impacted over the long haul on this. So if you couldn’t even get this piece of it right after a three-year ramp up period, and you’re saying that you need another year and a half just to put in this tiny piece of Obamacare.

While Klein deserves credit for calling out the administration on their handling of Obamacare, he has downplayed the effect it will have on workers. According to Forbes, two leading health economists are estimating that nearly 300,000 workers will be adversely affected by the employer mandate, which is much higher than Klein’s claims.

In addition to the employer mandate, the administration also announced last week that they will scale back oversight of income claims by applicants, and delay electronic notices to beneficiaries and applicants until 2015.

The Democrats would be well advised to derail this monster before it become a full-blown train wreck.

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