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Hospital stocks tumble following HCA's lackluster preview

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So much for that upbeat Medicare payment proposal from last week. Stocks of hospital operators plunged Monday morning after HCA — a bellwether company and the country's largest for-profit hospital chain by revenue — previewed first-quarter results below analysts' expectations. HCA's stock tumbled 3% in early morning trading, and its competitors took a bigger beating: Tenet Healthcare dropped 8%, Community Health Systems fell 7.5% and Quorum Health was down 5.5%.

What HCA expects: Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (a juiced-up form of profitability) are expected to stay the same year over year in the first quarter at $2 billion. That's still a hefty profit margin, but it was 6% below what Wall Street projected. HCA said it was "affected by changes in payer mix" — industry jargon that means the company is treating fewer patients with higher-paying commercial insurance and more patients with lower-paying government insurance. It's possible the tepid Obamacare enrollment for this year contributed to that.

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Trump: Transgender people "disqualified" from the military

SecDef Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford.
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President Trump late Friday issued an order disqualifying most transgender people from serving in the military.

"[T]ransgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

Why it matters: Anything short of an inclusive policy for transgender troops will be viewed as a continuation of the ban Trump announced on Twitter in August.

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Both Bush and Obama also requested line item veto power

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President Trump tweeted on Friday evening that to avoid having "this omnibus situation from ever happening again," he wants Congress to re-instate "a line-item veto."

Why it matters: This would allow him to veto specific parts of a bill without getting rid of the entire thing. Trump was deeply unhappy with the $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress early Friday morning, but signed it anyway on Friday afternoon.