Rep Graves has announced that he will add an amendment to his budget proposal that will delay the individual mandate by one year, the same as Obama has given businesses and other aspects of the Obamacare bill. Graves says it's only fair that the taxpayers get the same breaks enjoyed by others. It is unclear if delaying the mandate would also delay people signing up for Obamacare coverage.
Rep Graves had worked within the party to find a solution acceptable to all in order to unify party support. Joe Manchin, D-WV has already announced that he would vote for the bill in the senate. But overall, the amendment has a slim chance of passing due to the heavily democratic senate and a lack of guts by republican senators.
Democrats are gambling that they can force their will on Obamacare just as they did in 2009 and 2010. The passing of Obamacare in 2010 is often credited with the landslide victory for the republicans in 2010. Public opinion is in their corner and the IRS will be powerless to stop Tea party groups as they did in 2012.
This could be especially problematic in the senate, where democrats are almost sure to lose Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia. They are also extremely vulnerable in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina. Republicans also have strong chances in Michigan, Minnesota, and Iowa. Democrats have only one seat they could take and that is Kentucky and only if Mitch McConnell loses the primary to the ethically challenged Matt Bevins. It must be noted that democrats has held the governorship of Kentucky for 38 out of the last 42 years.
But even if republicans amass a net gain of six seats, the democrats could stop alterations on the Obamacare bill by using the filibuster or a presidential veto. Last week's effort to defund Obamacare was probably the last chance republicans had of defeating the ACA. (Affordable Care Act)
Public opinion has remained steady against the bill since it's adoption.