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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Trump administration is promising to issue a "forthcoming final rule" related to its proposal requiring hospitals to post all of their privately negotiated prices with insurance companies. It delayed a decision in a final regulation released Friday.

Between the lines: Even if the Trump administration follows through and issues a price transparency rule, the industry almost certainly will sue to block it — meaning this policy is years away from seeing the light of day.

  • Hospitals and insurers flooded the government with comments, arguing they should not have to publish their negotiated rates because it'd be too complex
  • These contracts reflect the wild variation of prices and the market power of a given entity, and they will be guarded at all costs.

That's not all: The final regulation took a few other shots at hospitals, but those policies are on similarly tenuous legal ground.

  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services still plans to slash payments next year for doctor visits performed at hospital-owned outpatient offices, even though a federal judge ruled the policy unlawful.
  • CMS also said it still will make major cuts to hospital payments for drugs, issued through the 340B program, even though those reductions are also being ruled unlawful.

The bottom line: The health care industry is winning almost every major policy battle in the Trump administration.

Go deeper: Hospitals lobbying to change Medicare's pay formulas

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Scoop: U.S. begins denying Afghan immigrants

Afghan refugees on a bus bound for temporary housing after arriving in Greece. Photo: Byron Smith/Getty Images

The Biden administration has begun issuing denials to Afghans seeking to emigrate to the United States through the humanitarian parole process, after a system that typically processes 2,000 applications annually has been flooded with more than 30,000.

Why it matters: Afghans face steeper odds and longer processes for escaping to the U.S., despite the earlier sweeping efforts by the Biden administration to assist its allies. Immigration lawyers and advocacy groups say the government has set untenable barriers to a safe haven in the U.S.

47 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Dems invoke Robert Byrd to sell Manchin on Senate rules changes

Photo illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photos: Diana Walker, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A small group of Senate Democrats is privately invoking the legacy of late West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd in an effort to sway Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to support their plans to change the chamber's rules, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Manchin — who holds Byrd's Senate seat — has often referenced his predecessor's strong moral conviction and insistence on preserving the Senate as an institution, as justification for some of his tough positions.

House votes to ban imports from Xinjiang over forced labor concerns

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The House voted 428-1 on Wednesday to pass a bill that would ban all imports from the Chinese region of Xinjiang unless the U.S. government determines that the products were not made with forced labor.

Why it matters: Both the Trump and Biden administrations, as well as several foreign parliaments, have recognized China's repression of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang as genocide.