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“What about the poor guy out there making $14,000? He’s going to pay extra income tax if he cannot afford to pay the several thousand dollars for an Obamacare policy,” Mr. Gohmert said. “Who’s caring about him?”

Mr. Obama said the employer delay was based on business leaders’ concerns about the reporting requirements tied to the mandate. Normally, he said, he would approach Republican leaders and say they need to tweak the law.

“But we’re not in a normal atmosphere around here when it comes to quote-unquote Obamacare,” he told reporters.

Republican aides laughed off the president’s assertions in a battery of Twitter messages.

The Republican-led House, they said, was more than willing to pass a bill that codified the employer-mandate delay into law.