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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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Fear of never being able to pay off school loans is keeping many young Latinos in the U.S. from going to college or completing a degree, according to a report published in September.

State of play: Latinos tend to have more difficulty repaying school debt than white student borrowers, according to Federal Reserve data, at the same time that they need more loans in order to afford tuition.

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The Biden administration has privately protested to the Israeli government over its plan to approve the planning and construction of more than 3,000 new housing units in the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, sources briefed on the issue tell me.

Why it matters: The approvals for new homes in the settlements will be the first since President Biden assumed office, and come after Biden and his top aides personally pressed Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to restrain settlement activity and decrease the number of new housing units.

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U.S. intelligence believes ISIS-K has the "intent" to eventually launch attacks outside of Afghanistan and could be capable of doing so "somewhere between six or 12 months," a top Pentagon official told senators Tuesday.

Why it matters: The U.S. withdrawal and subsequent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has raised fears that terrorist groups will reconstitute and potentially pose a renewed threat to the U.S. homeland.