May 24, 2017

The three-pronged GOP response to the CBO score

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The GOP is scrambling to respond to a new CBO report on the House health care plan which, as Democrats have been anxious to point out, estimates that 23 million fewer Americans would have health insurance over 10 years, that some older Americans would pay far more, and that those with pre-existing conditions may have difficulty getting on plans. The GOP messaging:

  1. The CBO report affirms our goals: Per Paul Ryan, "This CBO report...achieves our mission: lowering premiums and lowering the deficit."
  2. The CBO report is wrong: HHS Secretary Tom Price said, "The CBO was wrong when they analyzed Obamacare's effect...and they are wrong again."
  3. We're starting fresh anyways: HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander said, "It's informative to know the estimated impact of the House health care bill — but the Senate is writing its own bill..."

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Masks in class, sports on hold, dorm life without roommates and summer 2021 classes for some: Brown University President Christina Paxson tells "Axios on HBO" it's all in play as colleges consider whether and how to safely reopen campuses in the fall.

Why it matters: An extended shutdown of U.S. colleges and universities would leave nearly 20 million students and 3 million employees with an uncertain future, but premature reopenings without proper coronavirus safeguards could jeopardize lives and force more closings.

How Disney World could host the NBA

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After weeks of speculation, the NBA announced Saturday that it is in early discussions to resume its season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

What they're saying: The NBA's most well-sourced reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski, says "everything is pointing toward" this happening, and that teams could start recalling players as soon as next week for a two-week quarantine period and formal training camp before heading to Florida.

U.S.-China trade tensions are escalating again

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As the coronavirus pandemic appears to be subsiding in China, it's becoming clear that its targets for the phase one trade deal with the U.S. are unrealistic and there is so far no sign of a plan for renegotiation.

What's happening: White House National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said Thursday the trade deal was "intact, and China has every intent of implementing it."