Jul 28, 2017

The health care fallout: Lots of motion, no movement

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If you thought we were done with health care just because the current effort died on the Senate floor this morning, you were incorrect. There has been a lot going on since then, from Republicans who want to try another idea to Democrats who want to rescue the insurance markets. But as Mike Allen has noted, motion is not movement — and right now, it's all just motion.

One reason to keep an eye on it: Republicans don't think they can just give up on Affordable Care Act repeal. So with that in mind, here's what's happening.

  • House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows told the Washington Examiner he's working on "a plan that can get to 51" votes in the Senate.
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham was up at the White House this morning pitching his health care proposal to President Trump, according to spokesman Kevin Bishop. (Graham's idea is to turn the current ACA spending over to the states and let them do their own health insurance reforms.)
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer held a press conference to invite Republicans to work with Democrats on bipartisan ACA fixes, including permanently funding the law's cost-sharing subsidies for low-income people. (Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said last night that "bailing out insurance companies with no thought of any kind of reform is not something I want to be part of.")
  • Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted that it was "time for hard bipartisan work to fix problems in ACA," noting that some moderate Republicans and Democrats have "already begun meetings."
  • Another Freedom Caucus member, Rep. Jim Jordan, said on Fox News that the group still wants to try to force a vote on clean repeal in the House.

No sign of any new direction from Trump, who tweeted this morning that "If Republicans are going to pass great future legislation in the Senate, they must immediately go to a 51 vote majority, not senseless 60" — even though the bill failed last night because it couldn't even get 50 votes.

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Top Trump ally sounds 2020 election alarm over coronavirus response

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There is growing concern among top conservative leaders that the Trump administration isn't addressing the long-term economic impact of the coronavirus, several sources tell Axios. One top adviser said if the recovery is bungled it could cost President Trump the election.

What we're hearing: "The next 4-8 weeks is really going to decide whether Trump gets reelected," Stephen Moore, Trump's former nominee for the Federal Reserve board, told Axios. If the administration mishandles its economic recovery efforts, he said, Trump is "in big trouble."

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 1,600,427 — Total deaths: 95,506 — Total recoveries: 354,006Map.
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  4. Business latest: The Fed will lend up to $2.3 trillion for businesses, state and city governments — After another 6.6 million jobless claims, here's how to understand the scale of American job decimation.
  5. 2020 latest: Top conservative leaders are concerned the Trump administration isn't addressing the virus' long-term economic impact.
  6. States latest: FEMA has asked governors to decide if they want testing sites to be under state or federal control.
  7. World latest: Lockdowns have led to a decline in murders in some of the world's most violent countries — Boris Johnson is moved out of the ICU but remains in hospital with coronavirus.
  8. In Congress: Senate in stalemate over additional funding for small business relief program.
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Federal court temporarily blocks coronavirus order against some abortions

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A federal judge ruled Thursday that clinics in Texas can immediately offer medication abortions — a pregnancy termination method administered by pill — and can also provide the procedure to patients nearing the state's time limits for abortions.

Driving the news: The decision comes after federal appeals court ruled 2-1 on Tuesday in favor of an executive order by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott that prohibits abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

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