The delay of the healthcare law’s employer mandate has pros and cons for vulnerable Democrats facing voters next year.

The Obama administration’s decision to delay implementation on a key plank of ObamaCare is a double-edged sword for Democrats up for reelection in 2014, say strategists in both parties.

The delay until 2015 of the mandate, which requires many employers to provide healthcare coverage, could allow Democrats to avoid bad election-year headlines about employers opting to cut workers’ hours or staff to avoid the financial penalty.

But it also gives Republicans fodder to argue that the law is unworkable, expensive and that Democrats decided to put off implementing the employer mandate to avoid the political blowback from carrying out what they passed into law.

Democrats are split about the impact.

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