For these reasons, Calironia's rumored delay of its health exchanges is bad news for Obamacare implementation. If California carries out its health exchange delay, it will coincide, surely not its intent, with the growing Republican strategy of delaying rather than defunding Obamacare..
Defunding would be a political disaster. Polls indicate the public does not favor shutting down government because of Obamacare. Delay, on the other hand, would work to the GOP's political advantage since Obamacare remains deeply unpopular with Americans.