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The House Republican leadership is discussing removing the "continuous coverage" provision of the House Obamacare repeal and replacement bill in response to conservative concerns about it, according to a senior GOP aide.

What it does: It requires insurers to impose a one-year, 30 percent premium penalty on anyone enrolling in the individual or small group markets who was uninsured for more than 63 days within the past year.

Why it might go: The concerns center around estimates provided Monday by the Congressional Budget Office about the impact of the provision:

  • It would increase the number of covered people in 2018, but then decrease that number in 2019 and on.
  • While it was included in the bill to encourage young, healthy people to sign up for health insurance, the people who would be deterred from buying coverage because of the penalty would be healthier than those who would be willing to sign up. Sick people have more incentive to pay more for health insurance, as it's still cheaper than their medical bills.

Why it matters: Of all the ideas for changing the bill, this is one with potential to make everyone happy.

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A Senate hearing Wednesday with Big Tech CEOs became the backdrop for Democrats and Republicans to swap accusations of inappropriate electioneering.

Why it matters: Once staid tech policy debates are quickly becoming a major focal point of American culture and political wars, as both parties fret about the impact of massive social networks being the new public square.

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Why it matters: Germany is the latest European country to reimpose some form of lockdown measures amid a surge in cases across the continent.

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As online platforms and intelligence officials get more sophisticated about detecting and stamping out election meddling campaigns, bad actors are increasingly seeing the appeal of instead exaggerating their own interference capabilities to shake Americans' confidence in democracy.

Why it matters: It doesn't take a sophisticated operation to sow seeds of doubt in an already fractious and factionalized U.S. Russia proved that in 2016, and fresh schemes aimed at the 2020 election may already be proving it anew.