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Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Vice President Mike Pence is making some big promises for the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Here's what he said in Milwaukee this afternoon and why it increases the pressure on the Senate:

Promise: "A new tax credit to help you buy the insurance you need at a price you can afford."

The fine print: It means the Senate will have to seriously beef up the House bill's tax credits, which would have left low-income 64-year-olds paying net premiums of as much as $16,100 per year, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Promise: "We're going to make sure that every person with pre-existing conditions has access to the coverage and the care that they need, no exceptions."

The fine print: Even if the Senate abandons the House plan to allow states to opt out of the ACA's pricing rules — and let insurers charge higher premiums to sick people — Caitlin Owens reports that it's still planning to let states relax the ACA's benefit rules. Senate Republicans will have to hope that doesn't allow insurers to steer sick people away by choosing not to cover certain things.

Promise: The bill will "reform and strengthen Medicaid to help the people who truly need it the most."

The fine print: The Senate may moderate the House bill's Medicaid cutbacks, but it's still going to end the ACA's Medicaid expansion and limit federal spending — so they could easily face headlines about low-income people who didn't get the care they needed.

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Ex-Theranos CEO describes alleged abuse by former boyfriend and company exec

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

On her fourth day of trial testimony, ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes described her 10-year romantic relationship with former president Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani as controlling, and said he would sometimes "force me to have sex with him when I didn’t want to."

Why it matters: While Balwani has also been similarly charged with fraud, the two are being tried separately, in part because some of Holmes' defense hinges on blaming him.

Amazon ordered to redo union vote in Alabama

Photo: Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images

A U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) official on Monday called for a re-vote in a union election at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.

Why it matters: The move could set the stage for another organizing drive at the e-commerce giant, which has, so far, fought off unionizing efforts in the U.S.

Pentagon to probe 2019 Syria strike after reports of dozens of civilian casualties

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Nov. 20. Photo: Mazen Mahdi/AFP via Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a new investigation into a 2019 U.S. airstrike that killed around 80 people, including dozens of women and children in Syria, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The move comes after the Times reported this month that the Pentagon attempted to keep the strike and casualties under wraps, failing to investigate the decision behind it even after questions were raised internally.