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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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Twenty Republican former U.S. Attorneys on Tuesday endorsed Joe Biden while saying that "President Trump's leadership is a threat to rule of law" in the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

What they're saying: In the letter, the former prosecutors criticize Trump's use of the Department of Justice, saying the president expects the DOJ to "to serve his personal and political interests."

  • "He has politicized the Justice Department, dictating its priorities along political lines and breaking down the barrier that prior administrations had maintained between political and prosecutorial decision-making," the letter says.
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Ted Cruz defends GOP's expected return to prioritizing national debt

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.