First there was the employer mandate delay. Then, ICYMI last Friday, the Obama administration delayed some consumer requirements, too. Specifically, people will not have to provide extensive documentation of income to qualify for subsidies to help pay for health insurance. Ezra Klein at the Washington Post argues the administration is trading bad press now (and yes, higher federal government costs) for easier implementation later.

This hasn’t been a banner news week for Obamacare. But can it really be true, as my colleague Jennifer Rubin writes, that “Everyone now agrees: Obamacare can’t be implemented”? Er, no. I asked around. Peter Orszag, who helped design Obamacare from his perch as head of the Office of Management and Budget, disagreed with Rubin.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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