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Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price gave House Republicans a preview of the next regulatory steps he's planning to take to ease Obamacare's rules, which will include more steps to stabilize the individual health insurance market and a measure to soften the law's "essential health benefit" requirements.

Here's what HHS is considering, according to a GOP source in the room:

  • A new market stabilization rule, likely in mid-April.
  • A rule addressing the essential benefits.
  • A measure targeting "direct enrollment, in which an insurance agent logs on to a health insurer's website to help the consumer enroll.
  • Giving states more flexibility to restrict special enrollment and grace periods for paying premiums.
  • A rule to encourage "Section 1332" waivers, in which a state can opt out of some of Obamacare's rules if it can achieve the same goals in different ways.

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President Trump told the New York Post on Thursday that he plans to deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn, despite bipartisan criticism of the optics and legality of the location.

Why it matters: Previous presidents avoided blurring staged campaign-style events — like party conventions — with official business of governing on the White House premises, per Politico.