Stories by Sam Baker

States working on ACA backup plans before federal court case decision

Pro-ACA protestors.
Pro-ACA protestors. Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

States are beginning to make contingency plans in case the courts strike down the Affordable Care Act, WSJ reports.

Yes, but: There's only so much they can do.

The Supreme Court will decide if the CFPB is unconstitutional

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The Supreme Court announced today that it will decide whether the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — the brainchild of Sen. Elizabeth Warren — is unconstitutional. It could hand down its ruling just weeks before Democrats' 2020 convention.

The big picture: The CFPB has a single director whom the president cannot fire at will. Critics say that's a violation of the president's constitutional powers. The court will have three options: uphold the CFPB's structure, rule that the director must be fireable (as Justice Brett Kavanaugh ruled previously), or throw out the CFPB altogether.

What we wish they'd ask at the Democratic debate

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Spoiler alert: When the Democratic candidates take the debate stage again tonight, they’ll all have the same opinions about Medicare for All as they had at the last debate.

Between the lines: The first three debates established the priorities and flashpoints within this crowded primary, but as the field slowly begins to narrow, Axios' subject-matter experts have come up with some questions that might help shake things up.