Good morning ... Hope you had a restful weekend. We'll be with you for the first part of this week, before taking a short break for Thanksgiving.
The Trump administration isn't necessarily married to the idea of repealing the individual mandate in tax reform, senior officials indicated as they made the rounds on the Sunday shows yesterday.
Yes, but: It was President Trump's tweets, in part, that helped revive this idea in the first place.
My colleague Caitlin Owens asked a bunch of policy experts that question, and came up with some significantly different answers. Pretty much no one can credibly argue that simply repealing the coverage requirement in the Affordable Care Act, without a replacement, would be good for insurance markets. But that's not the same thing as saying the mandate has worked as well as intended.
So, has it?
Health insurer Anthem and pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts are embroiled in lawsuits, each accusing the other side of being a bad business partner. And now court documents show Optum, a health care company owned by UnitedHealth Group, is getting dragged into the mix.
The details: My colleague Bob Herman has the rundown on this wild chain of events:
Why it matters: This is more than just a corporate brouhaha in a far-off courtroom. Three massive health care companies are spending consumers' premium dollars on legal teams to fight over prescription drug rebates — an issue that continues to pinch people's wallets when they pick up their medicine.
Save My Care, a pro-ACA advocacy group, is launching digital ads today targeting 14 House Republicans who voted for their chamber's tax overhaul.
Between the lines: Liberal activists have been looking for a way to get their base as energized over taxes as it was on health care. Playing up the intersection between the two seems to be the best bet.
Threat level: The ads target Reps. Dave Brat, Mike Coffman, Barbara Comstock, Ryan Costello, Jeff Denham, Will Hurd, David Joyce, John Katko, Bruce Poliquin, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Peter Roskam, Ed Royce, David Valadao and Mimi Walters.
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