Jul 11, 2017

Senate parliamentarian deciding what can go in health bill

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Senate Republicans and Democrats are debating the GOP health care bill this week before the parliamentarian, who will then decide if certain provisions comply with budget rules. They'll debate Tuesday through Thursday, with her opinions expected before the bill goes to the floor next week, according to senior GOP aides.

Why this matters: One of the most controversial ideas out there — Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee's proposal to let insurers offer some plans that don't comply with Affordable Care Act insurance regulations — may not even comply with the rules. That'd make it subject to a 60-vote threshold, which it certainly wouldn't meet. "What she thinks could end up changing the contents of any bill, and that is a big deal," said a senior GOP aide.

Also at risk are the pro-life provisions in the health care bill, which keep tax credits and the insurer stabilization fund from being used for abortions.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll surpasses 8,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Recorded deaths from the coronavirus surpassed 8,000 in the U.S. on Saturday afternoon, per Johns Hopkins data. The death toll in the U.S. has risen over 1,000 every day for the past four days, since April 1.

The big picture: As expected, COVID-19 death tolls are rising in the U.S. The CDC is recommending Americans wear face coverings in public to help stop the spread, marking a significant change in messaging from the Trump administration.

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World coronavirus updates: Spain tracks more cases than Italy

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Spain overtook Italy in its number of coronavirus cases on Saturday. The global death toll has surpassed 62,000, per Johns Hopkins data.

The latest: About half the planet's population is on lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis. Fatalities are exponentially increasing across Europe, with roughly half of deaths worldwide located in Italy and Spain.

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