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Rep. Gus Bilirakis had to mediate between loud, angry Obamacare supporters and opponents of the law at his town hall in Florida today.

But nothing compared to the moment when Bill Akins, the secretary of the Republican Party of Pasco County, revived the old, false death panel claim and got shouted down by the law's supporters, per the video below:

"There is a provision in there that anyone over the age of 74 has to go before what is effectively a death panel," Akins told the crowd. When they erupted in boos and jeers, he responded: "OK, children! All right, children."

Fact check: There is no such provision in there. The "death panel" claim won PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year" award in 2009, and the crowd's response makes it clear that Obamacare supporters are fighting harder against those kinds of statements than they did when the law was passed.

How Bilirakis responded: CNN's Eric Bradner tweeted that Bilirakis gave Akins some support: "There IS an IPAB board put in place by the ACA." That's a reference to the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which is supposed to recommend ways to cut Medicare spending if it grows too fast.

Fact check: Republicans and some Democrats have targeted it for elimination for years, but it specifically says the board can't recommend any health care rationing, and it doesn't exist yet because Medicare spending hasn't grown fast enough to need it.

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Hollywood union reaches deal with studios to avert strike

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A Hollywood workers' union reached a tentative deal with studios, networks and streamers that will guarantee better working conditions, meal breaks and increased wages for low-paid workers, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) announced Saturday night.

Why it matters: The deal, which still needs to be ratified by IATSE members, will avert a nationwide strike by film and television workers that was set to start Monday. It would have been the first strike in the union's 128-year history.

Bill Clinton released from hospital following treatment for non-COVID infection

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Former President Bill Clinton was discharged from the University of California, Irvine Medical Center on Sunday, nearly a week after he was admitted for a non-COVID-related infection, according to his spokesperson Angel Ureña.

What they're saying: "His fever and white blood cell count are normalized and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics," wrote Dr. Alpesh Amin, who has been overseeing the team of doctors treating Clinton. "On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress."

Worth noting: Clinton had a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, per CNN.

  • The California-based medical team had been administering IV antibiotics and fluids, and was in constant communication with Clinton's New York team, including his cardiologist, according to the former president's physicians.
  • President Biden spoke by phone with Clinton on Friday to see how he was doing, and the catch-up included a discussion of recent politics.
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TikTok drives new nostalgia economy

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Older brands, trends and technologies are making a comeback as younger consumers desperately chase slower, less chaotic times.

The big picture: TikTok's algorithm makes it easy for flashback items to resurface and quickly go viral both on its platform and eventually on other social networks.