Caitlin Owens Feb 8, 2017
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Freedom Caucus chairman: I'd be OK with payments to Obamacare insurers

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The leader of one of the most conservative House Republican groups says he could support paying health insurers back for their Obamacare subsidies, one of the main things the industry wants to stay in the markets after the law is repealed. ""I would be more flexible and could swallow some short term heartburn for some longer term fiscal responsibility" and lower health care costs, Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the Freedom Caucus, told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Heritage Foundation. He added, however, that there has to be a longer-term plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Why it matters: Meadows' comments could make it a lot easier for Congress to pay health insurers for their cost-sharing reduction subsidies — which they pay to low-income Obamacare customers — so the markets don't collapse if Obamacare is repealed. House Republican leaders would have a harder time getting Congress to approve the payments if they can't win over the fiscal hardliners in the Freedom Caucus. Insurers say they'd suffer big losses if they don't get the payments, which are currently being held up by a lawsuit.

Steve LeVine 8 hours ago
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Self-driving lab head urges freeze after "nightmare" fatality

Uber self-driving car in Pittsburgh. Photo: Jeff Swensen / Getty

Carmakers and technology companies should freeze their race to field autonomous vehicles because "clearly the technology is not where it needs to be," said Raj Rajkumar, head of Carnegie Mellon University's leading self-driving laboratory.

What he said: Speaking a few hours after a self-driven vehicle ran over and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, Rajkumar said, "This isn't like a bug with your phone. People can get killed. Companies need to take a deep breath. The technology is not there yet. We need to keep people in the loop."

Khorri Atkinson 2 hours ago
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Brother of Florida shooter arrested for trespassing at Stoneman Douglas High

Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the Florida schol school massacre. Photo: Amy Beth Bennett, Pool / Getty Images

Zachary Cruz, the brother of Nikolas Cruz who confessed to carrying out last month's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was arrested Monday after authorities say he trespassed on the site where the shooting took place, per the Miami Herald.

Situational awareness: The arrest comes just over a month after his brother shot and killed 14 students and 3 staff members to which prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.