Bob Herman Feb 7, 2017
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The legal problem with charging seniors more for health insurance

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One of the possible short-term Obamacare fixes in the Trump administration's "market stabilization" rule, according to a few media reports, would allow health insurers to charge older people 3.49 times more for their premiums than younger people.

Nick Bagley, a law professor at the University of Michigan and author at the Incidental Economist blog, does not think the proposal holds much weight legally. Obamacare, he writes, is crystal clear on this issue: It restricts that age ratio to 3-to-1. But some within Trump's agency believe that because 3.49 "rounds down" to three, it will still comply with the statute. Republicans and the industry argue expanding the ratio will allow insurers to price their products better and make them more attractive for younger people, but it would inevitably raise premiums for older Americans.

The money quote: "If a lawsuit is brought, there's a trivial chance — it rounds to zero — that HHS will win."

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What McCabe told Mueller

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Andrew McCabe says President Trump asked him: “What was it like when your wife lost? ... So tell me, what was it like to lose?" McCabe — the former FBI deputy director who was fired Friday night, 26 hours short of being eligible for a full pension — says that in three or four interactions, President Trump was disparaging each time of his wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, a failed Virginia state Senate candidate in 2015. John Dowd, a Trump lawyer, told me: "I am told that the P never made that statement according to two others who were present."

The big picture: Axios has learned that McCabe has met with special counsel Robert Mueller, and has turned over Comey-style memos documenting his conversations with Trump. The memos include corroboration by McCabe of former FBI Director James Comey's account of his own firing by Trump.

Haley Britzky 3 hours ago
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Women and jihad: from bride to the front line

Suspected Al Qaeda-aligned Shabaab militants, a woman and her three children, sit next to weapons after their arrest on May 5, 2016 in Mogadishu
Suspected Al Qaeda-aligned Shabaab militants, a woman and her children, sit next to weapons after their arrest on May 5, 2016 in Mogadishu. Photo: Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP / Getty Images

A women's magazine, unveiled in December, gives tips on how to be a "good bride" and make life easier for the man in your life. The twist: the magazine, "Beituki," is published by al-Qaeda as part of a propaganda campaign which "appears, in part, to be a reaction to Islamic State (IS), which has called women to the front lines," per the Economist.

The big picture: Extremist organizations are struggling to define what women's roles in their groups should be. While some force women to "remain indoors," as Beituki suggests, others have placed women on the front lines, or utilized them as recruiters.