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From our Expert Voices conversation on plans for health care reform after Trump's executive order:

"Finished," "gone," "virtually dead," declared President Donald Trump last week, adding, "There's no such thing as Obamacare anymore."

It's about time. Let's see if we can keep secret from the President that the Affordable Care Act is alive and well.

No one ever called Medicare "LBJ Care" or Social Security "FDR Security." The strategic portrayal of the ACA as "Obamacare" was an effective attempt to make Americans judge the ACA by their feelings about President Barack Obama — a coded message that if you don't like Obama, you won't like the ACA. So good riddance, Obamacare. Thanks, Donald!

On the other hand, the ACA's Medicaid and private health insurance expansions have provided affordable and quality health insurance for more than 20 million Americans. The ACA taxes that were raised to pay for it stand, including highly progressive taxes on earned and unearned incomes on affluent Americans. The ACA's reforms of medical care continue to move the nation away from a wasteful fee-for-service system and toward value-based payment.

What's next: The American people could benefit greatly by strengthening and improving the ACA. Maybe now that Obamacare is dead, we can move forward with that challenge.

Other voices in the conversation:

  • James Capretta, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former associate director for health programs at the OMB: Alexander-Murray deal a flawed first attempt at bipartisanship
  • Jeanne Lambrew, senior fellow at the Century Foundation and deputy assistant to the president for health policy in the Obama White House: Health care fix today could be undone tomorrow
  • Tevi Troy, CEO of the American Health Policy Institute and former deputy secretary of HHS: Expanding HRAs would bolster individual market
  • Christopher Condeluci, principal at CC Law and Policy and former tax and benefits counsel to the Senate Finance Committee: Clearing the air on AHPs

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Sunday evening that he's tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: López Obrador tweeted that he has mild symptoms and is receiving medical treatment. "As always, I am optimistic," he added. "We will all move forward."

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Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will announce Monday that she's running for governor of Arkansas.

The big picture: Sanders was touted as a contender after it was announced she was leaving the Trump administration in June 2019. Then-President Trump tweeted he hoped she would run for governor, adding "she would be fantastic." Sanders is "seen as leader in the polls" in the Republican state, notes the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey, who first reported the news.

Coronavirus has inflamed global inequality

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History will likely remember the pandemic as the "first time since records began that inequality rose in virtually every country on earth at the same time." That's the verdict from Oxfam's inequality report covering the year 2020 — a terrible year that hit the poorest, hardest across the planet.

Why it matters: The world's poorest were already in a race against time, facing down an existential risk in the form of global climate change. The coronavirus pandemic could set global poverty reduction back as much as a full decade, according to the World Bank.