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Exclusive: Alexander's ACA market stabilization proposal

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (Photo: Zach Gibson / Getty Images)

Sens. Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins have proposed a market stabilization package that would include funding for the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reduction subsidies for three years, three years of federal reinsurance at $10 billion a year, additional ACA waiver flexibility for states, and expanded eligibility for "copper" plans.

  • Alexander presented the plan yesterday to America's Health Insurance Plan's board of directors, adding that if Democratic leadership supports the bill, “it’ll be law by the end of next week." Alexander has long said the package should be included on the omnibus spending bill.

Between the lines: This doesn't solve the partisan dispute over abortion language, as it'd bar plans that offer abortion coverage from receiving federal subsidies. But it hints that there's Republican support behind a set of policy changes that could substantially lower premiums ahead of the 2018 elections.

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Yes, there really is a lot of space junk

This visualization shows the 15,723 objects being tracked in low-Earth orbit by the U.S. military's Joint Space Operations Command — including nearly 13,000 that are classified as space debris.

Data: Space-Track; Note: Perigee is the point in a object's orbit where it is closest to Earth. Chart: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Why it matters: As space opens up to more nations, companies and possibly non-profits, concerns are growing about how to track the growing amount of debris. This week, Vice President Pence announced a "comprehensive space traffic management policy" to address the issue.

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