Mar 6, 2017

The biggest holdups with Obamacare replacement

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While we're waiting for the big Obamacare repeal and replacement bills to drop — which could happen as soon as today — the New York Times' Margot Sanger-Katz has a good rundown of the most important last-minute sticking points:

  • How to restructure Medicaid and phase out the expansion.
  • How to design the tax credits.
  • How to pay for it. (Probably by limiting the tax break for employer health coverage.)

Why it matters: If you try to read the whole bill when it's posted, you'll be overwhelmed — so start with these three things. We'd add one more: See if they're still going to try to cut back Obamacare's "essential health benefits," which may or may not be doable in the budget "reconciliation" bill they're using as the vehicle. And one more big one: Look for the effective dates.

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Trump administration backs Oracle in Google fight

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The Trump administration is siding with Oracle in the database giant's dispute with Google before the Supreme Court — a move that comes as Oracle's founder hosts a high-dollar fundraiser for the president.

Why it matters: Billions of dollars — and, Google argues, the future of software innovation — are at stake as a long-running copyright dispute between the two giant companies heads to the Supreme Court next month.

Established VCs turn to "super angels" to grow their network

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Thanks to companies like AngelList and Carta that make it easier than ever to set up small VC funds, a new generation of so-called “super angels” is cropping up — and established venture funds are backing them.

Why it matters: Just like the boom in scout programs a number of years ago, it’s all about the deal flow.

Scoop: Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout

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Deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates will be reassigned as a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, the National Security Council said Thursday — and a senior White House official said that the administration "rejects" the rumors that she is "Anonymous."

Why it matters: Coates has battled claims that she is the still-unknown Trump administration official that penned a New York Times op-ed and book critical of President Trump.