May 26, 2017

54% of voters view AHCA unfavorably: poll

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A new poll conducted for Protect Our Care, a pro-Affordable Care Act grassroots group, found 54 percent of voters have an unfavorable opinion of the House health care bill and lays out what changes they think the Senate should make.

Particularly unpopular: the bill's treatment of pre-existing conditions and its provision allowing older people to be charged higher premiums related to younger people than under current law.

Other highlights of the poll, which was taken before the Congressional Budget Office released its report on the bill on Wednesday:

  • 40 percent have a favorable opinion of the bill.
  • 80 percent say the provision allowing older people to pay higher premiums raises big concerns.
  • 78 percent say the provision allowing people with pre-existing conditions to pay higher premiums raises big concerns.
  • 62 percent say they want the Senate to work on a bill that keeps what works under the ACA and fixes what doesn't.
  • 79 percent think changes to the health care system should be bipartisan.

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina β€” especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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