Alayna Treene Mar 15, 2017
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Mayo Clinic to prioritize privately insured patients over Medicaid, Medicare

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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Where Trump's steel and aluminum trade war will hit first

Note: Includes only products under the "Iron & Steel & Ferroalloy" and "Alumina & Aluminum & Processing" NAICS commodity classifications. Data: Census Bureau; Chart: Chris Canipe and Lazaro Gamio / Axios

The Trump administration has begun imposing tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, but several countries are exempted temporarily until May 1, as shown in the chart above. The administration may still apply quotas on exempted countries to prevent a flood of foreign steel and aluminum in the U.S. market, per the White House.

Why it matters: After railroading past a number of his advisors, Trump announced the tariffs on imports of steel (at 25%) and aluminum (at 10%) earlier this month, citing national security concerns. But with the exemption noted above, the tariffs won't carry major bite, at least to start.

Alexi McCammond 16 hours ago
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Trump signs spending bill despite veto threat

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President Trump announced that he has signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill that passed Congress last night "as a matter of national security," citing the bill's increase in defense spending, even though he threatened to veto earlier today. "My highest duty is to keep America safe," Trump said. He said he's disappointed in most of the bill.

Key quote: "I will never sign another bill like this again. I'm not going to do it again. Nobody read it. It's only hours old."