Jun 7, 2018

2020 foretold: Women, health care and an urgent Medicare crisis

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Something big is happening beneath the noise of tweets and Trump rage: The contours of the 2020 Democratic message and approach are taking form.

The big picture: You see it in the unprecedented rise of women running (for governor, Senate and House) and winning, and reports of female turnout spiking. (At least 59 women, most of them Democrats, won in Tuesday's primaries, per NBC News.)

  • You see it in candidate after candidate embracing Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All, creating a new litmus test for 2020 hopefuls.
  • You see it in reports on the health of Medicare and deficits, creating the near-certainty that candidates will have to face an entitlement program running out of cash just as the Trump deficits are hitting $1 trillion.
  • You see it in rising health care premiums and in polls showing voters care more about this topic than impeachment or trade wars. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out this morning finds health care coming as the most important issue (22%), just ahead of the economy and jobs (19%).

Be smart: This is a lot like Hillary’s message in 2016 — with an even bigger government solution health care twist. That didn’t work so well for her. 

Go deeper: Axios' Sam Baker examines one of these fronts, "The next health care war is already starting"

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DMV area issues coronavirus stay-at-home orders

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: The states and territory are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 766,336 — Total deaths: 36,873 — Total recoveries: 160,001.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 153,246 — Total deaths: 2,828 — Total recoveries: 5,545.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30 — Rep. Nydia Velázquez diagnosed with "presumed" coronavirus infection.
  4. State updates: Virginia and Maryland issued stay-at-home orders to residents, joining 28 other states — Florida megachurch pastor arrested for refusing to call off mass services.
  5. World updates: Italy reports 1,590 recoveries from the virus, its highest ever.
  6. In photos: Navy hospital ship arrives in Manhattan
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Cuomo: Engaging in politics during coronavirus crisis is "anti-American"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a Monday press briefing that he won't get into a political tussle with President Trump — calling it "counterproductive" and "anti-American" — as his state deals with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.

The backdrop: Trump said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" earlier Monday that Cuomo has received high polling numbers during the outbreak because New York has received federal aid.