Jan 26, 2017

Freedom Caucus worried about Obamacare retreat

Members of the hardline House Freedom Caucus aren't happy with what Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee that oversees health policy, told Politico:

"I don't care what you call it. It needs to be fixed," [Walden] said. "We need to work aggressively on the repairs to the individual market, to Obamacare. Some might call that replacement. I call that a rebuild. I call it repair."

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows responded that Obamacare can't be fixed and Republicans need to "keep their word to the American people and get rid of this law once and for all."

Why this matters: "Rebuild and repair" is not the same as "repeal and replace." When we spoke to John McCain today — he'd just emerged from morning sessions with Republican House members and Senators at their retreat in Philadelphia — he told us that there are disagreements within the conference about Obamacare tactics.

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George Floyd protests: Unrest continues for 6th night across U.S.

A protest near the White House on Sunday night. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Most external lights at the White House were turned off late Sunday as the D.C. National Guard was deployed and authorities fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters nearby, per the New York Times.

What's happening: It's one of several tense, late-night standoffs between law enforcement and demonstrators in the United States over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 6,181,781 — Total deaths: 372,136— Total recoveries — 2,646,874Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 1,790,191 — Total deaths: 104,383— Total recoveries: 444,758 — Total tested: 16,936,891Map.
  3. Public health: Black Americans' competing crisesCoronavirus looms over George Floyd protests across the country.
  4. 2020: AIPAC conference in March 2021 canceled.
  5. Economy: What U.S. workplaces may look like next — Both part of America's unfinished businessFuture of mobility in post-pandemic world.
  6. World: Former FDA commissioner says "this is not the time" to cut ties with WHO — White House sends 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to Brazil, 1,000 ventilators to come.

Your guide to comparing climate change and coronavirus

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Climate change and the coronavirus have a lot more in common than the letter C, but their differences explain society’s divergent responses to each.

Why it matters: The Internet is full of comparisons, some from biased perspectives. I'm going to try to cut through the noise to help discerning readers looking for objective information.