2. Republicans' ACA disarray
President Trump expects to lose the big lawsuit over the fate of the Affordable Care Act, Axios' Jonathan Swan scoops.
The intrigue: Swan's sources tell him Trump himself — not his staff — is driving this latest push to raise the stakes in the health care debate.
- Trump thinks Democrats will attack him over health care no matter what, and therefore thinks it's good politics to try to "'brand' himself and the Republican Party as caring about health care and pre-existing conditions," Jonathan writes.
The catch, of course, is that he's backing a lawsuit that would eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions and strip away some 20 million people's health care coverage, and Republicans have never agreed on a plan to replace either.
Sen. Rick Scott is one of the 3 GOP lawmakers, along with John Barrasso and Bill Cassidy, whom Trump has said are in charge of coming up with a replacement plan. But he said on CBS' "Face the Nation" yesterday that, "I look forward to seeing what the president's going to put out."