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Most Americans think the U.S. health care system is pretty bad — but which Americans hold that view seems to depend on who’s in the White House.

By the numbers: 70% of Americans say the health care system has serious problems or is in a "state of crisis," according to a new Gallup poll, while just 30% say it’s not so bad.

  • Those numbers have roughly held steady since 2001.
  • But there are big partisan shifts over that period. During the George W. Bush administration, more Democrats said the system was in crisis. Under Barack Obama, Republicans were the ones panicking.
  • Now, they’ve switched again — Republicans’ dissatisfaction is waning and Democrats’ is growing.

Reality check: The U.S. has had worse health outcomes than other industrialized countries, and has paid more for those outcomes, this whole time.

Go deeper: What voters want from "Medicare for All"

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20 Republican former U.S. attorneys endorse Biden, call Trump "a threat to the rule of law"

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Twenty Republican former U.S. Attorneys on Tuesday endorsed Joe Biden while saying that "President Trump's leadership is a threat to rule of law" in the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

What they're saying: In the letter, the former prosecutors criticize Trump's use of the Department of Justice, saying the president expects the DOJ to "to serve his personal and political interests."

  • "He has politicized the Justice Department, dictating its priorities along political lines and breaking down the barrier that prior administrations had maintained between political and prosecutorial decision-making," the letter says.
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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Axios-Ipsos poll: Federal response has only gotten worse — The swing states where the pandemic is raging.
  2. Health: The coronavirus is starting to crush some hospitals — 13 states set single-day case records last week.
  3. Business: Winter coronavirus threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes cable and satellite TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. States: Nearly two dozen Minnesota COVID cases traced to 3 Trump campaign events.
  6. World: Unrest in Italy as restrictions grow across Europe.

Ted Cruz defends GOP's expected return to prioritizing national debt

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.

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