Jul 28, 2017

Here’s the Senate’s “skinny” health care bill

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Senate Republicans have finally released their latest health care bill — a "skinny" measure that would only repeal a few provisions of the Affordable Care Act, without attempting to replace any of them.

The bill would:

  • Repeal the individual mandate
  • Repeal the employer mandate
  • Delay the ACA's tax on medical devices
  • Cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood
  • Expand an ACA waiver program so that states could roll back some of the law's regulations and benefit mandates.
  • Repeal the ACA's fund for public health programs
  • Provide more funding for community health centers

What happens next: The Senate is still expected to enter a prolonged "vote-a-rama" later tonight, which will likely last well into Friday morning. Several Senate Republicans have said they do not want this bill to become law, but might vote for it anyway to open up a new round of negotiations with the House.

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  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 153,246 — Total deaths: 2,828 — Total recoveries: 5,545.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30 — Rep. Nydia Velázquez diagnosed with "presumed" coronavirus infection.
  4. State updates: Virginia and Maryland issued stay-at-home orders to residents, joining 28 other states — Florida megachurch pastor arrested for refusing to call off mass services.
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Cuomo: Engaging in politics during coronavirus crisis is "anti-American"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a Monday press briefing that he won't get into a political tussle with President Trump — calling it "counterproductive" and "anti-American" — as his state deals with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.

The backdrop: Trump said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" earlier Monday that Cuomo has received high polling numbers during the outbreak because New York has received federal aid.

Maryland and Virginia issue coronavirus stay-at-home orders

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: The states are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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