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The draft Senate health care bill would move to the left of the House bill by easing the phaseout of the Medicaid expansion. But it would also move to the right by eventually shifting to a lower Medicaid growth rate — a nod to conservatives.

Here's what's been presented to members on Medicaid, according to two Senate GOP aides, and more briefings on other policy areas are expected this week:

  • It includes a three year glide path for phasing out Medicaid expansion. This means that beginning in 2020, the enhanced federal funding rate for the expansion population will lower to the state's traditional match rate over three years.
  • It will keep the House's per per-person funding growth rate, which was tied to medical inflation, but in 2025 it lowers to being tied to inflation, a lower growth rate. The Hill first reported this piece.
  • States would be able to pick the base spending amount for their starting growth rate based on eight consecutive quarters. A senior GOP aide said this is "intended to help expansion states deal with the change."

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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.