Jul 27, 2017

GOP senators are unenthused about "skinny repeal" bill

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Republican senators emerged from a luncheon this afternoon with little to no excitement about their last hope — a "skinny repeal" health care bill that represents the bare minimum they think they can pass. Some are dismayed that they're setting the bar so low after seven years of promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Most were noncommittal about voting for it. ""We will see what comes off the floor," said Sen. Ted Cruz, who has built much of his career on promising ACA repeal.

Please don't pass this bill: Sen. Bob Corker said he and other GOP senators are likely to receive "assurances that this is the pathway to conference" with the House, not a final product that the House would pass untouched: "After focusing on a full repeal, and then going to almost nothing, people are going to have some concerns voting for that."

If it actually became law, Sen. Lindsey Graham said, it "would destroy insurance markets and not even remotely replace Obamacare. This is going to be a trust but verify situation."

The "it's only conference" pitch is working for some senators, though:

What to watch: The "vote-a-rama" is expected to start tonight. Also, at some point Senate Republicans may release the bill.

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World coronavirus updates: Italy becomes 2nd country to exceed 100,000 cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

Spain and Italy extended lockdown deadlines on Monday, as Italy became the second country in the world to surpass 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.

The big picture: COVID-19 cases surged past 755,000 and the death toll topped 36,000 by Monday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy reported more than 11,500 total deaths.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 745,308 — Total deaths: 35,307 — Total recoveries: 156,875.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 143,672 — Total deaths: 2,575 — Total recoveries: 4,865.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30 — Hospital ship the USNS Comfort arrives in Manhattan.
  4. Business latest: Macy's will furlough the majority of it's workers this week, as the chain's stores remain closed.
  5. World updates: Spain and Italy extend lockdown deadlines while Italy becomes second country to surpass 100,000 confirmed cases.
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U.S. coronavirus updates: Majority of governors order residents to stay home

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

At least 29 state governors have ordered their residents to stay home to promote social distancing and limit community spread from the coronavirus pandemic as the U.S. copes with more than 144,000 positive cases — more than any other country in the world, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: COVID-19 killed over 2,500 people in the U.S. by Monday. That's far fewer than in Italy, where over 10,700 people have died — accounting for a third of the global death toll. The number of people who've recovered from the virus in the U.S. exceeded 4,800.

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