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House Democrats holding a press conference about pre-existing conditions. Photo: Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images

The Democratic super PAC Forward Majority is releasing a seven-figure ad campaign targeting GOP state legislators over their opposition to pre-existing conditions coverage under the Affordable Care Act. This campaign is part of the group's $8 million investment in over 100 state legislative districts in the 2018 midterm election cycle.

Why it matters: This health care topic has shown up in gubernatorial, House and Senate races, where more GOP candidates are campaigning on protecting people with pre-existing conditions, even after their party attempted to repeal and replace the ACA. Now, Forward Majority is trying to help Democrats running for state legislatures in key battlegrounds capitalize on this issue — especially after the Trump administration gave states more leeway last week to waive some of the ACA's rules.

  • The ads will run in Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, Arizona and Pennsylvania, which are crucial states in the midterms.
  • What they're saying: Ben Wexler-Waite, a Forward Majority spokesman, said the Trump admin waiver kicking pre-existing coverage to states "is the greatest political gift Democrats running for state legislatures could have asked for."

Go deeper: Republicans hit with pre-existing conditions

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2021 economy boomed at fastest rate in 37 years

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

The U.S. economy surged ahead with a 6.9% annual growth rate in the final months of 2021 and achieved the strongest growth over an entire calendar year since 1984.

Driving the news: New GDP numbers from the Commerce Department show a remarkable acceleration in economic activity, much faster than the 5.3% growth rate analysts expected.

The Fed isn't the only problem investors are worried about

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Federal Reserve will be raising rates, just as the economy is slowing. The markets hate that.

Why it matters: The ugly start to the stock trading year doesn't just reflect Fed-induced agita — investors are also worried about a growth slowdown.

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White House says Obamacare sign-ups hit record

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra speaking in the White House in December 2021. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

The White House said Thursday that a record 14.5 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through Obamacare marketplaces since Nov. 1, including more than 10 million enrollments through HealthCare.gov.

Why it matters: Last year's stimulus bill contained substantial investments in the program, including increased subsidies for people who don't receive health insurance from an employer or through Medicare or Medicaid.