Mar 19, 2017

Price on Trumpcare: Just wait for the other two parts

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Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price is sticking by his prediction last week that "nobody will be worse off financially" under Trumpcare, even after the Congressional Budget Office predicted it would cover 24 million fewer people and low-income older adults would pay much more out of pocket. On ABC's "This Week", he insisted the House GOP bill is just step one in a three-part Obamacare repeal process, and that the other two parts — regulatory changes by him, and other health care changes to be taken up by Congress later — would take care of any problems.

"You have to put in place the entire plan, and this is part of that plan."

Yes, but: Price also said the bill may have to be changed when it gets to the Senate to provide more tax credit help for those low-income older adults. "That may be the case," Price said. "If it needs more beefing up ... for folks who are low-income and between 50 and 64 years of age, that's something that we've talked about, something we've entertained, and that may happen throughout the process."

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The latest: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser criticized federal police in a tweet Monday night for using munitions earlier in the day "on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of (DC Police Department) officers more difficult." "Shameful!" she added as she urged residents to go home and stay safe.

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The world watches America burn

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The world is watching the grief and anger, violence and pain in America's streets.

The big picture: The U.S. accounts for nearly one-third of the world's deaths from COVID-19. The killing of a black man, George Floyd, by police has sparked days of protest and nights of chaos in America's major cities.

Trump walks to historic St. John's Church outside White House as protests rage

President Trump walked to the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, located just steps away from the White House across Lafayette Park, on Monday night as protests linked to the murder of George Floyd raged across the capital and cities around the country.

What we're seeing: Military police and park rangers used physical force and tear gas on peaceful protestors to clear the area so that Trump could "pay respects" to the church that was damaged by a fire on Sunday.