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Zeke Emanuel on Latest Obamacare Delay: Obama Thinks ‘It’s Worth It’ for the Political Game

On Wednesday, the White House announced that it was again delaying a provision of the Affordable Care Act, announcing that they would allow people on plans that do not cover all the requirements mandated by the ACA could stay on those plans up until October, 2016. Appearing on MSNBC minutes after the delay was announced, architect of the law Ezekiel Emanuel told Now host Alex Wagner that the delay was “strategic” and the White House thinks it is “worth it” from a political perspective.

“Policy-wise, it’s probably a toss-up,” Emanuel said of the latest delay. He said that extending this deadline again is not going to alter the effect of the law, while the implementation of the law without those delays “was distracting.”

“They think, ‘Well, for the political game, it’s worth to do that,’” Emanuel added. “And it certainly isn’t a big deal.”

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“They seem to be very strategic at the White House,” he continued. “Do some of these things that are good politically, but really don’t affect the underlying policy, but defend the underlying policy saying, ‘No chance will we roll back the original mandate.’”

“I think that’s part of the strategy,” Emanuel concluded.

Watch the clip below via MSNBC:

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