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Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy told employees in a recent speech that the academic health system will give priority to patients with private insurance over those with lower-paying Medicaid or Medicare coverage if they seek care at the same time and have similar conditions, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

"We're asking... if the patient has commercial insurance, or they're Medicaid or Medicare patients and they're equal, that we prioritize the commercial insured patients enough so... we can be financially strong at the end of the year to continue to advance, advance our mission," Noseworthy said.

Why this matters: Although the number of patients affected would probably be small, the move indicates the mounting financial pressures that health systems like Mayo are facing amid the uncertainty surrounding health care reform.

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Why it matters: Student debt is stopping millions of Americans from buying homes, buying cars and starting families. And the crisis is rapidly getting worse.

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In a world where most Americans are isolated and forced to laugh, cry and mourn without friends or family by their side, viral moments can offer critical opportunities to unite the country or divide it.

Driving the news: President Biden's inauguration was produced to create several made-for-social viral moments, a tactic similar to what the Democratic National Committee and the Biden campaign pulled off during the Democratic National Convention.

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Details: Demonstrations began in the eastern regions of Russia and spread west to more than 60 cities.

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