Republican Sen. Dean Heller discovered firsthand today how dangerous Trumpcare can be for constituents who don't want to lose Obamacare's pre-existing condition coverage. CNN reports that an audience member with multiple sclerosis pressed Heller hard on whether she would be forced into a separate high-risk pool to cover sick people — an outcome she absolutely didn't want.

What it means: The exchange shows how dangerous the subject is for Republicans, even if they think they're taking care of sick people by setting up high-risk pools as an alternative.

"Yes or no? High-risk pools, that's my question," the woman told Heller. "Don't give me a fuzzy answer." Heller said he "will support high-risk pools, because there are some people who want them" — but also insisted he'll make sure everyone has "access to the health care that you want."

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Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus

Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.

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Opposition leader Leopoldo López flees Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López outside the Spanish embassy in Caracas, in 2019. Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

Leopoldo López, a former political prisoner and prominent Venezuelan opposition leader, has left the country, his Popular Will party confirmed in a statement Saturday.

Why it matters: He's been highly influential in the push to oust President Nicolás Maduro's regime and a mentor to opposition leader Juan Guaidó. He'd been in the Spanish ambassador's Caracas residence since escaping house arrest in April 2019 following a failed military uprising.