Good morning ... In videos obtained and released by MSNBC, Bill Gates says President Trump asked him on two separate occasions whether vaccines are safe (yes) and whether HIV and HPV are the same thing (no).
The health care industry recorded an immensely profitable first quarter, according to my colleague Bob Herman's analysis of financial documents for 108 companies. Year-over-year earnings among the 10 biggest health care corporations rose by 8.4%.
The big picture: The 108 companies cumulatively boosted Q1 global revenues by 6.3% to $558 billion — an amount from just one quarter that is about the size of Sweden's economy.
Why it matters: Higher profits and revenues naturally mean U.S. health care spending is increasing.
Situational awareness, via Modern Healthcare: "HHS plans to announce forthcoming regulations on Friday that would ban Title X family planning providers from referring patients to abortion clinics and prohibit funding for Planned Parenthood."
What to watch: The Trump administration has already been sued over these changes, even before it has actually made them.
The repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, combined with the Trump administration's rules expanding access to short-term insurance plans, will raise the average ACA plan's premiums by about $1,000, according to an analysis that the liberal Center for American Progress plans to release today.
The numbers: CAP based its math on the rates for a "benchmark" plan in each state, combined with the Urban Institute's estimates of projected premium increases for the next plan year.
Between the lines: Most ACA enrollees receive subsidies that help cover the cost of their premiums. But consumers who don't get those subsidies are increasingly being priced out of this already expensive market altogether.
Go deeper: See the state-by-state breakdown.
Congo's Ebola outbreak has spread to a big city — Mbandaka, which has a population of more than 1 million — the Washington Post reports.
Why it maters: Because Ebola is relatively easy to spread, even one case in a more densely populated area sets off more alarm bells.
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