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Insurers do not like Ted Cruz’s health care plan

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The health insurance industry may not love all of the Affordable Care Act's regulations — but it's not interested in a proposal from Sen. Ted Cruz to let them sell plans that don't comply with those rules, as long as they also sell plans that do.

The proposal would "lead to widespread adverse selection and unstable health insurance markets," according to an analysis from America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry's leading trade group. "Patients with pre-existing conditions … would potentially lose access to comprehensive coverage and/or have plans that were far more expensive."

Why it matters: Cruz has pushed back against charges that his proposal would ultimately erode the ACA's most popular consumer protections — but that's exactly what insurers are saying it would do. And if the insurance industry expects the proposal to lead to higher premiums for sick people, it's a pretty good bet the Congressional Budget Office will come to the same conclusion.

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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.