Sep 19, 2017

3 Republican senators targeted in Graham-Cassidy ad

Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and Shelley Capito. Photos: AP

A six-figure TV ad campaign launches today against Sens. Murkowski, Collins and Capito, Axios has learned, as Republicans are moving quickly on yet another health care repeal and replace plan.

Why it matters: No health care bill is likely to pass the Senate without the help of these 3 senators who have either voted against previous GOP repeal plans and whose states would lose a lot of Medicaid money.

The ad urges the senators to vote against the Graham-Cassidy health care repeal plan. Save My Care, a left-leaning grassroots organization, is behind the ad.

Why these 3 senators: All three are from states that would face "potentially disastrous consequences for health care," the group argues.

By the numbers: Alaska (Murkowski's state) would lose $844 million in federal funding, Maine (Collins' state) over $1 billion, and West Virginia (Capito's state) over $2 billion by 2027 if the bill passes.

Go deeper: How the Graham-Cassidy plan redistributes federal money.

Murkowski ad
Collins ad
Capito ad

Go deeper

World coronavirus updates: Confirmed cases top 1 million

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

Novel coronavirus infections have hit the 1 million mark after "near exponential growth" that's reached "almost every country," World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday.

The big picture: The global death toll exceeded 50,000 on Thursday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy has reported nearly 14,000 deaths. Governments around the world have introduced public health and economic measures to try and curb the impact of the virus.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 4 mins ago - Health

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 1,007,997 — Total deaths: 52,771 — Total recoveries: 210,055Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 236,339 — Total deaths: 5,648 — Total recoveries: 8,861Map.
  3. 2020 update: The Democratic National Committee said its July convention will be postponed until August because of the coronavirus.
  4. Jobs latest: The coronavirus unemployment numbers are like a natural disaster hitting every state
  5. Public health latest: FDA allows blood donations from gay men after 3-month waiting period, citing "urgent need."
  6. U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt: Navy removes captain of aircraft carrier who sounded alarm about coronavirus.
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

Subscribe to Mike Allen's Axios AM to follow our coronavirus coverage each morning from your inbox.

Judge declines to delay Wisconsin April 7 primary, extends absentee deadline

Photo: Darren Hauck/Getty Images

A federal judge on Thursday declined to delay Wisconsin's April 7 primary election, saying he doesn't have the authority to do so.

Why it matters: Wisconsin is the only state scheduled to vote next Tuesday that has not yet delayed its primary.