Oct 17, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1 big thing: Health care breakthrough (still hard)

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray have agreed to a plan intended to stabilize the health care system, and President Trump has called it "good short-term solution."

What it does:
  • Funds for two years the Affordable Care Act's subsidies to insurance companies that offer coverage to low-income consumers
  • Gives states more flexibility in how they implement the law.
  • Restores some of the enrollment outreach funding Trump had cut off.
What they're saying:
  • Trump says he still wants to see a repeal and replace plan move forward next year, but could back this in the interim.
  • Mark Meadows, chairman of the arch-conservative House Freedom Caucus, has called it a "good start" but says he isn't convinced.
  • Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats were generally "very pleased" with the deal.

Go Deeper: Our full piece on the plan

Meanwhile… the White House has said Barack Obama didn't call then-general and current chief of staff John Kelly after his son was killed in Afghanistan, doubling down after Trump's widely-criticized remarks yesterday.

Worth noting: Kelly and his wife attended a White House event for gold star families in 2011, and were seated with Michelle Obama.

2. What you missed
  1. Trump's short list: He's considering 5 people for Fed chair. Meet them.
  2. Traffic testing: GM is bringing self-driving cars to NYC. Read.
  3. Fleeing Facebook: Young people prefer Snap. Check in.
  4. Travel ban, banned: A federal judge is blocking travel ban 3.0. Scan.
  5. Radiation check: The EPA now says far higher levels aren't harmful. Monitor.
3. One falling object

A Chinese space lab will make an uncontrolled descent to Earth sometime before April after the country lost control of it. The good news: most of the craft is expected to burn up upon reentry into the earth's atmosphere.

Mike Allen