Apr 11, 2017

There's another way to kill Obamacare

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There's another way the Trump administration could kill Obamacare: creating uncertainty around government funding of cost-sharing reductions, which could throw insurers' future participation in state exchanges into question, per WaPo.

Where it stands: The Trump administration has said it will keep paying for the cost-sharing subsidies while a lawsuit against the measure, introduced by congressional Republicans, is being resolved, but insurers need to know what's going to happen after it's resolved.

Why it matters: If the federal government doesn't fund the $10 billion toward cost-sharing reductions in 2018, premiums could rise significantly — the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates a rise of 19 percent — or insurers could pull out of the exchanges altogether.

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Trump to install loyalist Ric Grenell as acting intelligence chief

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President Trump confirmed in a tweet Wednesday night that he will install Richard Grenell, the current U.S. ambassador to Germany and a staunch defender of the president, as the acting director of national intelligence.

Why it matters: The role, which was originally vacated by Dan Coats in August 2019, is one of grave responsibility. As acting DNI, Grenell will be charged with overseeing and integrating the U.S. intelligence community and will advise the president and the National Security Council on intelligence matters that concern national security.

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What to watch in the Nevada debate

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Michael Bloomberg's wealth will fuel rather than shield him from tests and attacks when he makes his Democratic primary debate debut on the stage tonight in Las Vegas.

The state of play: Bernie Sanders is still the front-runner. So the other candidates must weigh which of the two presents a bigger threat to their viability: Sanders, with his combined delegate, polling and grassroots momentum? Or Bloomberg, with his bottomless budget?

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