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The Trump administration's Obamacare "marketplace stabilization" rule has been out for less than a week, but it already has received more than 420 public comments. That number is only going to increase, since the comment deadline is March 7.

Nearly all of the input so far has come from citizens, including many health insurance agents. Many people have used the regulatory comment site as a virtual Obamacare town hall, but they also took the chance to air their perspectives on how the proposed rule will affect them.

  • Susan McWright, a health insurance broker in Kentucky, criticized the proposal to cut the Obamacare open enrollment window in half: "It is an unreasonable expectation to think we can service our client base in a period of 6 weeks."
  • Wesley Sanders, a health plan employee in Georgia, supports restricting special enrollments, where he says some sick people have gamed the system: "These outlier cases distort the risk pool and make it difficult for issuers to price accurately." However, he wants the verification process for people to be "seamless."
  • Bruce Telkamp, CEO of the consumer research site HealthPocket, "strongly supports" the proposed rule. But his company has a horse in the race. HealthPocket is owned by Health Insurance Innovations, which sells short-term health plans. It could benefit by signing up healthy people who get locked out of or give up on the special enrollment process.

What to look for: When America's Health Insurance Plans, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and other industry groups weigh in.

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CDC to cut guidance on quarantine period for coronavirus exposure

A health care worker oversees cars as people arrive to get tested for coronavirus at a testing site in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The CDC will soon shorten its guidance for quarantine periods following exposure to COVID-19, AP reported Tuesday and Axios can confirm.

Why it matters: Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which can occur before a person knows they're sick or if they're infected without feeling any symptoms. The current recommended period to stay home if exposed to the virus is 14 days. The CDC plans to amend this to 10 days or seven with a negative test, an official told Axios.

  • The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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CDC panel: COVID vaccines should go to health workers, long-term care residents first

Hospital staff work in the COVID-19 intensive care unit in Houston. Photo: Go Nakamura via Getty

Health-care workers and nursing home residents should be at the front of the line to get coronavirus vaccines in the United States once they’re cleared and available for public use, an independent CDC panel recommended in a 13-1 emergency vote on Tuesday, per CNBC.

Why it matters: Recent developments in COVID-19 vaccines have accelerated the timeline for distribution as vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna undergo the federal approval process. States are preparing to begin distributing as soon as two weeks from now.

Obama: Broad slogans like "defund the police" lose people

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Former President Barack Obama told Peter Hamby on the Snapchat original political show "Good Luck America" that "snappy" slogans such as "defund the police" can alienate people, making the statements less effective than intended.

What he's saying: "You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done," Obama told Hamby in an interview that will air Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. EST on Snapchat.