"A delay of this kind -- it's a fix, but it's also an acknowledgement that, 'look, we couldn't implement this in a way that was positive,' and that's disappointing," Kaine told the Washington Examiner when asked Wednesday about the Treasury Department's announcement that the employer mandate for medium-sized businesses would not be enforced until 2016. "[It says,] 'we couldn't implement it right now in a way that we really felt confident, so we're going to delay for a year because we're worried about implementation.' "
The former Democratic National Committee chairman suggested that the delay wouldn't have political ramifications in 2016, insofar as he believes Republicans would criticize the law if it was implemented. "I don't think it's going to be any less alive, no matter what happens," he said.
Kaine said both Democrats and Republicans are more open to fixing the law. "Democrats have been humbled by rollout issues and they know that there need to be reforms; Republicans know they can't take health insurance away from 10 million people," he told the Examiner.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., rejected that analysis of Republican views of Obamacare. "It is so fatally flawed I think you need to start over," he told the Examiner. "Pull it up by its roots."