May 14, 2017

New poll: Americans oppose House health care bill 2-1

Here's what the public thinks of the Affordable Care Act repeal and replacement bill, according to a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll:

  • Good idea: 23 percent
  • Bad idea: 48 percent
  • No opinion: 28 percent

The bottom line: That's only marginally better than the margin in a Quinippiac poll last week (21 percent approve, 56 percent disapprove), and it confirms how deeply unpopular the House vote was. With 28 percent undecided, there are still plenty of people for Republicans to win over — but they're off to a terrible start.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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The global scramble to contain the coronavirus

Taking precaution, in the Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

The coronavirus is spreading quickly in cities nowhere near Wuhan, China, and the window to prevent a global pandemic is narrowing.

Zoom in: Here's a look at what comes with a coronavirus outbreak in communities outside China that have been hardest hit so far.

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