Jun 16, 2017

GOP governors turn on House health bill’s Medicaid cuts

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Three Republican governors sent a letter to Senate leadership Friday detailing their critiques against the proposed cuts to Medicaid in the House health bill, the WSJ reports. They urge Congress to instead focus on calming down the private insurance market.

Context: The House bill's savings are mostly rooted in Medicaid cuts, which are causing the bulk of coverage losses as well. The Senate is taking a similar tack in developing its bill.

Who signed off: John Kasich (OH), Brian Sandoval (NV), Charlie Baker (MA). Four Dems also signed on, including Steve Bullock (MT), John Hickenlooper (CO), John Bel Edwards (LA), Tom Wolf (PA).

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
  2. Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout
  3. Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade in $13 billion deal
  4. Coronavirus slams companies' 2020 sales projections
  5. Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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