Sep 13, 2017

GOP Senators' pitch for block grant health care funding

Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham talk while walking to a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy pitched legislation Wednesday to block grant federal health care spending, rolling Medicaid and Affordable Care Act money into a fixed payment to each state. Graham said this would allow people to make their own decisions about their health care "instead of some bureaucrat in Washington."

"If you want a single health payer system, this is your worst nightmare. Bernie, this ends your dream," Graham said, referring to Senator Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" proposal.

Be smart: This is Republicans' last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the ACA before the clock runs out at the end of this month. So there's going to be a lot of chatter over the next few weeks about this, but it is almost certainly not going anywhere. Leadership isn't talking seriously about it, and it's very doubtful it has the 50 votes needed to pass.

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All Alaskans in the state are under a mandate to "remain at their place of residence and practice social distancing" except for those engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: This is the latest state to announce policies to enforce social distancing. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide were asked to stay home Monday.

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Hungary's Viktor Orbán granted sweeping powers amid coronavirus crisis

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Hungary's parliament passed a law Monday to allow Prime Minister Viktor Orbán almost unlimited power, for an indefinite period, to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

Why it matters: Hungary has taken a sharply authoritarian turn over the past decade under Orbán, and its likely that he and other strongman leaders around the world will seek to maintain powers they gain during the current crisis long after it's over.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9:30 a.m. ET: 737,929 — Total deaths: 35,019 — Total recoveries: 156,507.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 9:30 a.m. ET: 143,055 — Total deaths: 2,513 — Total recoveries: 4,865.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30.
  4. Trump latest: The president brushed aside allegations that China is spreading misinformation about the origin of the coronavirus on "Fox & Friends."
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