Cuomo seeks to lock in ACA mandates

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will preemptively try to lock down some parts of the Affordable Care Act within his state, The New York Times reports. Two new requirements he plans to announce, via the Times:

  • Insurance companies participating in New York's exchange must keep covering the 10 essential health benefits laid out in the ACA.
  • Insurers that pull out of the state's exchange cannot participate in its Medicaid or children's health insurance programs.

Why it matters:

Don't be surprised if more blue states do the same thing — which could lead to major variations among states if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. And it's still noteworthy to see not just health care, but the ACA specifically, become such a rallying cry for ambitious Democrats, after so many years of muddled messaging and changing the subject.

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University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets

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A University of Minnesota student has been arrested in China and sentenced to six months in prison for tweets he posted while in the United States, according to a Chinese court document viewed by Axios. Some of the tweets contained images deemed to be unflattering portrayals of a "national leader."

Why it matters: The case represents a dramatic escalation of the Chinese government's attempts to shut down free speech abroad, and a global expansion of a Chinese police campaign a year ago to track down Twitter users in China who posted content critical of the Chinese government.

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⚖️ Live updates: Opening arguments begin in Trump impeachment trial

The second day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump will see a full day of opening arguments from Democratic House impeachment managers.

What to watch for: Democrats now have 24 hours — spread out over three days — to take their time to lay out their case against the president's alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It'll also allow them to highlight gaps that could be filled out by additional witnesses and documents from the administration.

This post will be updated with new developments as the trial continues.

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