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.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) 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. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis