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Evan Vucci / AP

Avalere Health's study on the GOP health bill reveals planned high-risk pools would cover just 5% of people with pre-existing conditions. The AHCA includes $15 billion over nine years for states to set up high-risk pools to cover these patients, and the Upton Amendment adds another $8 billion.

The numbers: Of about 2.2 million enrollees in the individual market with pre-existing, chronic conditions, that funding will only cover about 110,000.

  • Even if states decide to use another $100 billion AHCA fund solely to help cover pre-existing conditions, only 600,000 individuals would be covered. Plus, states will get to decide how they use the $100 billion, so it won't necessarily go to those patients.

Counterpoint: Republicans are signing on to this amount because they don't think that many states will opt out of requirements on essential health benefits requirements, so fewer patients will need to be covered under the pools.

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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.