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Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price put out a video last night making the Trump administration's case for replacing Obamacare — but if you watch it and say, "I didn't know my premiums went up that much," that's because they didn't.

Price says the average health insurance premium — "the price that you have to pay to buy a health insurance policy" — went up by an average of 25 percent last year. That's true of the Obamacare marketplaces, which had all the scary rate hikes in the last enrollment season. But it's not true for the health insurance premiums most of us pay. Most of us are in employer health plans, where premiums rose by 3 percent last year — a "significant slowdown over the past 15 years," according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Why it matters: It's all about what Price's audience hears in that video. If the public believes their own health insurance premiums are rising as fast as Obamacare's, they'll get a distorted picture of what's actually happening in the broader health care marketplace, rather than the "honest and open discussion" Price promised. We've reached out to give Price's office a chance to comment, and we'll let you know if they do.

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NYC firefighters union urges members to defy mayor's vaccine mandate

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

The president of New York City's firefighters union told reporters Wednesday that he's advised unvaccinated members to ignore Mayor Bill de Blasio's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers, per Reuters.

Why it matters: Under de Blasio's order that's due to take effect Friday, unvaccinated city employees would be placed on unpaid leave. But Uniformed Firefighters Association head Andrew Ansbro said he told members that "if they choose to remain unvaccinated, they must still report for duty," according to Reuters.

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Study: Common antidepressant guards against COVID hospitalization

A COVID-19 intensive Care Unit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on May 27, 2021. Photo: Fabio Teixeira/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The readily available antidepressant fluvoxamine significantly reduced COVID-related hospitalizations, according to a large study published Wednesday.

Why it matters: The clinical trial suggests that a cheap, readily available drug could dramatically reduce serious illness and death when prescribed early.

By the numbers: Catholics, Biden and abortion

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President Biden — the second Catholic U.S. president — will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, as some church leaders debate whether to deny Holy Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

By the numbers: Overall, two in three U.S. Catholics believe Biden should be allowed to take Communion despite his stance on abortion, according to polling by Pew Research Center.