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Democrats' Medicare for All debate has turned into a referendum on the existence of private health insurance. But simply having private health insurance isn’t the weird thing about the U.S. system — the weird thing is how we go about it, Axios health care editor Sam Baker writes.
The big picture: Health care in the U.S. is yoked to employment — a form of compensation. Then we use a smattering of public programs to fill in the gaps.
Be smart: Our fragmentation — one system for workers, another for the unemployed or self-employed, Medicare for seniors, Medicaid for low-income families, one for the military, another for Native Americans — drives up costs.
From a White House source, the House Oversight Committee has obtained documents related to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump's security clearances that the Trump administration refused to provide, Axios' Alexi McCammond learned from a senior Democratic aide involved in handling the documents.
The news: The White House this week rejected the committee's request for documents on the process for granting security clearances to staffers.
The House Oversight Committee, via deputy communications director Aryele Bradford, declined to comment.
The documents leaked to the Oversight Committee provide detailed information on the timeline for how Kushner's and Trump's security clearances were approved and who the people were involved in processing and the final decision.
Go deeper: Axios reported on Kushner's security clearance issues when Kelly downgraded him.
"Paul Manafort, who once served as President Trump’s campaign chairman, was sentenced to nearly four years in prison ... for cheating on his taxes and bank fraud — a far lesser sentence than the roughly 20 years he had faced under federal sentencing guidelines," the WashPost reports.
House Democrats are discussing investigating the cash infusion the Kushner Companies' flagship New York office tower received in summer 2018, Reps. Maxine Waters, Elijah Cummings and Ted Lieu told Axios' Alayna Treene.
The Kushner family's most consequential recent deal is the one that bailed them out of their struggling, debt ridden behemoth at 666 Fifth Avenue.
It's unclear which committee would investigate the deal, and whether it will be investigated at all.
The backdrop: Jared Kushner’s family company bought the Midtown skyscraper for a record $1.8 billion in 2007.
The White House did not respond to Axios' request for comment.
In an effort by Dems to push past a dispute that has exposed party fault lines, the House passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry, AP's Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman report.
Why it matters: "Generational as well as ideological, the argument was fueled in part by young, liberal lawmakers — and voters — who have become a face of the newly empowered Democratic majority in the House."
"Big wealth doesn’t come in monthly paychecks. It comes when a start-up goes public ... This year — with Uber, Lyft, Slack, Postmates, Pinterest and Airbnb all hoping to enter the public markets — there’s going to be a lot of it in the Bay Area," the N.Y. Times' Nellie Bowles writes.
"The fleet of new millionaires are already itching to claim what has been promised all these years."
Talker: "As the idea of the coming I.P.O.-palooza took on currency, sellers started pulling their houses off the market."
A day after President Trump referred to Tim Cook at a White House meeting as "Tim Apple," the Apple CEO altered his Twitter profile, replacing his last name with the Apple logo, AP's Rachel Lerman writes.
P.S. ... The Apple-logo icon "is only visible on iPhones and Mac computers. On Windows, it's a blank square; on Android, it renders variously as an X-ed out or blank gray rectangle."
"From a top bunk in a 12-person prison cell in Fort Dix, N.J., Martin Shkreli is at work on a big second act," The Wall Street Journal's Rob Copeland and Bradley Hope write (subscription):
Christie Smythe, an author writing a book about Shkreli who has visited him several times in prison, said: "The guards still mispronounce his name repeatedly, which he thinks is on purpose." (The "h" is nearly silent.)
Sneakers over Barcelona. (Artur Debat via Getty Images)
Hardcore sneakerheads are finding the best way to get their shoes clean is to pay someone else to do it. "Some of the most effective cleaners turn out to be Marines," The Wall Street Journal's Ray A. Smith writes (subscription):
"Companies generally charge about $35 for a 'basic cleaning' and more for advanced services; Other Peoples Kicks, a Moreno Valley, Calif.-based cleaner, charges $150 for sneakers 'in critical condition.'"