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Trump shook up the health care world Sunday when he told the Washington Post his Obamacare replacement plan will aim for "insurance for everybody."

But how seriously should we take that promise? Here's what to watch next:

  • Is he really aiming for high coverage numbers, since even Obamacare hasn't covered everybody? Or is he just saying he'll provide access for everybody? If it's just access, that's much more in line with Republican goals — though as he has proven with his attacks on the drug companies, he doesn't always walk the straight Republican line.
  • He says the health insurance will be in "much simplified form" and "much less expensive" — which likely means more flexibility for insurance companies to provide basic coverage, without all of the benefits they have to cover under Obamacare.
  • "Much less expensive" and "lower deductibles": That's a hard act to pull off in the same plan. His team may have found a solution, but there's usually a tradeoff between the monthly premiums you pay and the deductibles you pay out of pocket. If the premiums are lower, the deductibles are usually higher.
  • He says the plan is almost finished and he's going to announce it "soon" — but he also says he wants to wait until Tom Price is confirmed as Health and Human Services secretary, which isn't going to happen soon.

About those drug prices: Trump is making it clear he's serious about having Medicare negotiate drug prices — but he hasn't said how he'll get congressional Republicans on board, since most are opposed to the idea. That's something he'll have to do before drug companies should really get nervous.

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Ex-officer pleads not guilty to charges related to Breonna Taylor killing

Brett Hankison is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment. Photo: Courtesy by the Shelby County Sherrif's Department

The former Louisville police officer charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection with the raid that led to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, pleaded "not guilty" on Monday, the Courier Journal reports.

The big picture: The announcement of charges against Brett Hankison, who was fired from the department in June, set off nationwide protests last week. None of the officers involved in the raid were indicted on homicide or manslaughter charges related to Taylor's death.

SurveyMonkey poll: Trump's Ohio bet

Data: SurveyMonkey survey of 3,092 Ohio voters, Sept. 1-25, 2020; Note: COVID-19 was a write-in option; Chart: Axios Visuals

President Trump leads Joe Biden 51%-47% among likely Ohio voters overall — but he holds a whopping 74%-24% lead with those who say a flagging economy and job concerns are their top issue, according to new SurveyMonkey-Tableau data for Axios.

Why it matters: Ohioans are more worried about their jobs than the coronavirus — and that's President Trump's best chance to cling to a narrow lead in this state he won handily in 2016.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 33,224,222 — Total deaths: 999,298 — Total recoveries: 22,975,298Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 7,134,874 — Total deaths: 204,905 — Total recoveries: 2,766,280 — Total tests: 101,308,599Map.
  3. States: Cuomo extends New York moratorium on evictions until 2021.
  4. Business: Companies are still holding back earnings guidance.
  5. Health: Trump announces plan to distribute 150 million rapid tests —The childless vaccine.
  6. World: India the second country after U.S. to hit 6 million cases.

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