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Chuck Kennedy

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said at an Axios/NBC News event this morning that he believes a revamped plan to repeal Obamacare would be coming soon — though there is "not a time set" — and it will "be more successful than anyone will give [the GOP] credit for."

The latest developments on repeal: McCarthy said Republicans spent a lot of time at last night's meeting talking about high-risk pools. That's a sign that they may be open to getting rid of Obamacare's pre-existing condition coverage, because they think they can take care of sick people through the risk pools. Freedom Caucus members want that, but other Republicans are wary of eliminating Obamacare's guarantee that all health plans will cover sick people.

Read on for more highlights from the event.

McCarthy's reasoning for Trumpcare's first failure: Members of Congress felt that a date for repeal was "certain" — and that put pressure on them to wrap it up quickly. He hopes to move forward with more "explanation."

His goals for health care: "Greater choice and greater flexibility." McCarthy compared it to a cable package with different options.

Kathleen Sebelius on the House GOP talks: The former Health and Human Services secretary said McCarthy's comments on high-risk pools described the old health care system "that left millions and millions of people out."

Sebelius on the danger of an Obamacare market meltdown: "Unfortunately, the uncertainty over what's going to happen … is creating, I think, a fleeing from the marketplace, not stability."

Toby Cosgrove on what should be done: The Cleveland Clinic CEO said Obamacare didn't really deal with the root causes of rising health costs — chronic disease, obesity, smoking, etc. Legislation that refocuses on costs would get "bipartisan support."

Sebelius goes there: "I'm way too familiar with websites. Stay away from them." (She was in charge when the early Obamacare website kept crashing.)

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WHO: Not yet known whether Omicron leads to more severe disease

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The World Health Organization on Sunday said that it is not yet clear whether the newly discovered Omicron variant is more transmissible than other strains of the COVID-19 virus.

Why it matters: The agency's statement comes as the variant, discovered in South Africa, has already been detected in European and Asian countries.

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Fauci: Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S.

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Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in the United States.

Driving the news: Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that U.S. officials will meet with colleagues from South Africa later on Sunday to try to determine the severity of the cases, as countries scramble to learn more about the variant.

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Dems fear supply-chain blame

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As supply-chain kinks drive up prices and disrupt holiday shopping, Democrats are scrambling to show action and deflect blame.

Why it matters: With their party controlling both the White House and Capitol, vulnerable Democrats worry supply-chain snafus will hurt them in next year's midterms.