Only two days ago, Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner had an article titled: "Obama won't make insurers his punching bag because he needs them." My reaction at the time: oh yeah? Watch. He can't blame Bush anymore, none of the Republicans in Congress voted for Obamacare - so who's left? Oh yeah, those insurance companies. Why they're the ones who aren't going to let you keep your insurance policy!
One thing about that: after making a deal with the devil to comply with Obamacare, the insurance companies are not ready to play the fall guy.
We have expressed these concerns with the Administration and are concerned by the President’s announcement today that the federal government would use its “enforcement discretion” to delay enforcement of the ACA’s market reforms in 2014 for plans that are currently in effect. This decision continues different rules for different policies and threatens to undermine the new market, and may lead to higher premiums and market disruptions in 2014 and beyond.That "enforcement discretion" by the way is a clever way to say "I'm ignoring my oath to uphold the law." Because...Republicans. So now, knowing that insurers either cannot or will not invite an insurance death spiral, Obama gets to say "hey, I tried!"
The blame has been shifted, now check that box.