Affordable Care Act

Trump's Golden State bad blood

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Expect America's most prominent hate-hate relationship to get even nastier as President Trump and California clash in the lead-up to 2020.

Quick take: Hillary Clinton walloped Trump there by 30 percentage points in 2016 and the Democratic "blue wave" in 2018 swept loads of California Republicans from the House. And it's not just elections: Trump has turned the power of the federal government on California, while the Golden State has taken the lead in seeing him in court, Politico Mag's Michael Grunwald reports.

Judges say U.S. owes ACA insurers billions

The Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reduction payments saga continues: The Trump administration ended the payments in 2017, Congress failed to fund them, and now 3 judges have said the government is still on the hook for the payments.

The big picture: "If their decisions stand, insurers could recover roughly $12 billion a year, every year, until Congress intervenes to stop the bleeding," Nicholas Bagley writes in the Incidental Economist.

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