President Barack Obama's administration announced this week it will delay, for one year, an Affordable Care Act requirement that businesses provide health care insurance. No one - not the business community and not federal regulators - is ready to implement the rule.
But if Obama is going to give businesses a break, what about individuals and families? As matters stand, all Americans will have to comply with the federal mandate that they obtain government-approved health insurance. That begins Jan. 1.
Those who do not comply face penalties - new taxes, really, as the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled - of as much as $2,000 a year.
And given the one-year exemption for businesses, it will be more difficult for millions of people to comply with the individual mandate.