However, within minutes of the unexpected announcement political strategists argued the move had added value in taking a political hammer away from Republicans — who immediately struck back.

“If Democrats thought delaying ObamaCare would make it easier for them in 2014, they thought wrong,” Matt Gorman of the National Republican Congressional Committee announced on Twitter.

John Brabender, a strategist and long-time adviser for former GOP presidential candidate and Sen. Rick Santorum, said on Wednesday that “Republicans should galvanize on this issue.”

“They should make a very loud point that the president knows what a disaster this bill has created and that he is ready to raise the white flag” he told