Mar 6, 2017

The GOP's coverage loss problem may be bigger than we thought

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Chris Jacobs, a well-known conservative health care analyst and former adviser to Bobby Jindal, writes in The Federalist that he's found out how bad the estimates were for the original House Republican Obamacare replacement draft. Citing sources close to the effort, he says the Congressional Budget Office warned congressional staffers that the original version could have caused 10-20 million people to lose employer health coverage. And the uninsured could have increased by as much as 15 million, he says — "nearly as much as repealing the law outright."

Why it matters: Republicans have moved on from that draft, and the bill that could be introduced as soon as today is likely to have substantial changes. But that's why it will be critical for House Republicans to have new estimates from the Congressional Budget Office before the health care committees vote on anything, Jacobs writes — and it's not clear that that will happen.

The bottom line: "Members who vote for a bill without knowing its full fiscal effects, yet will be held politically responsible for said effects, do so entirely at their own risk."

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.

Minneapolis will ban police chokeholds following George Floyd's death

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Minneapolis has agreed to ban the use of police chokeholds and will require nearby officers to act to stop them in the wake of George Floyd's death, AP reports.

Why it matters: The agreement between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which has launched an investigation into Floyd's death while in police custody, will be enforceable in court.