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Health insurers are getting a bit stressed over the Trump administration's decision to pull Obamacare advertising in the final days of open enrollment. Here's what Kristine Grow, a spokeswoman for America's Health Insurance Plans, the main health insurance trade group, said in a statement this afternoon:

At a time when the individual market faces challenges, we need as many people as possible to participate — so that costs go down for everyone. Balancing out the risk pool is an important action that can be taken now to help stabilize the market, improve affordability, and send strong signals as health plans develop their products for 2018.

Trump administration officials say they're mainly targeting $4 million to $5 million in TV and radio ads, and that the other sources of Obamacare enrollment information — like the website, the call center, Twitter, etc. — will still be available. "We aren't going to continue spending millions of taxpayers' dollars promoting a failed government program," said an HHS spokesman. "Once an assessment was made, we pulled back the most expensive and least efficient part of this massive ad campaign which was set to run over the weekend."

Why insurers are worried: There's usually a last-minute enrollment surge for Obamacare, mainly from young adults — but that was always when the Obama administration was making a heavy sales pitch. Last year, nearly 687,000 people signed up in the final week.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

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This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 3: The conspiracy goes too far. Trump's outside lawyers plot to seize voting machines and spin theories about communists, spies and computer software.

President Trump was sitting in the Oval Office one day in late November when a call came in from lawyer Sidney Powell. "Ugh, Sidney," he told the staff in the room before he picked up. "She's getting a little crazy, isn't she? She's really gotta tone it down. No one believes this stuff. It's just too much."