An American Academy of Actuaries official basically echoed the line the Obama administration has been using about exchange premium increases in 2017: They're probably a one-time thing.

Cori Uccello, senior health fellow, said:

"Those increases could reflect a one-time adjustment to insurer assumptions based on their actual experience in the ACA market."

Yes, enrollment has been lower and people have been sicker than originally expected, but the individual mandate and subsidies have helped balance out the market, Uccello said.

Why this matters: The more independent experts say Obamacare isn't falling apart, the more Republicans have to justify repealing it.

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U.S. hits highest daily COVID-19 case count since pandemic began

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The U.S. confirmed at least 83,010 coronavirus cases on Friday, the country's highest daily total since the pandemic started, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

By the numbers: Friday's total surpassed the U.S.'s previous record set on July 17 when 76,842 cases were recorded. 

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Fauci: Trump hasn't been to a COVID task force meeting in months

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President Trump has not attended a White House coronavirus task force meeting in “several months,” NIAID director Anthony Fauci told MSNBC on Friday.

Why it matters: At the beginning of the pandemic, the task force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, met every day, but in the "last several weeks," members have held virtual meetings once a week, Fauci said, even as the number of new cases continues to surge in the country.