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Republicans' health care pitch doesn't add up, according to CBO. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Passing a bipartisan health care fix would not blunt the damage of repealing the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, the Congressional Budget Office said today.

Why it matters: CBO is deflating one of the primary arguments GOP leaders are making to senators who aren't yet sold on the proposed tax bill.

Background: The Republicans' tax plan would repeal the individual mandate. CBO has previously said that would cause premiums to rise by about 10% and leave roughly 13 million more people without health insurance, over a decade. Some GOP senators, notably Sen. Susan Collins, are worried about those effects.

What's happening now: GOP leaders are seeking to address those concerns by saying that if they repeal the mandate, they'll also pass the ACA stabilization bill from Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray. But that wouldn't make much difference, CBO said. The budget office said "the interactions among the provisions would be small."

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A resident stands on his roof as the Blue Ridge Fire burned back in October in Chino Hills, Calif. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP

Apocalyptic weather is the new normal because humans are "waging war on nature," the UN declared on Wednesday.

What they're saying: "The state of the planet is broken," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, reports AP. “This is suicidal.”

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: Nursing homes are still getting pummeledU.S. could hit herd immunity by end of summer 2021 if Americans embrace virus vaccines, Fauci says.
  2. Politics: Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework.
  3. World: U.K. clears Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for mass rollout — Putin says Russia will begin large-scale vaccination next week.
  4. Business: Investors are finally starting to take their money out of safe-haven Treasuries.
  5. Sports: The end of COVID’s grip on sports may be in sight.

Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Nov. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to use a $908 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief framework as a basis for jumpstarting negotiations.

Why it matters: The framework, introduced by a group of bipartisan senators on Tuesday, calls for significantly less funding than Pelosi had previously demanded — a sign that Democrats are ready to further compromise as millions of Americans endure economic hardship.