Apr 30, 2017

Trump says health care bill will cover pre-existing conditions "beautifully"

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President Trump set a high bar for the Republican health care bill this morning, claiming on Face the Nation that the bill has "evolved" and will cover pre-existing conditions "beautifully" even as it gives more leeway to the states.

Reality check: Trump appeared to be referring to the fact that the latest amendment to the bill preserves the federal rule requiring insurers to cover pre-existing conditions. That's true, but what it doesn't preserve is the federal rule banning insurers from charging higher premiums to sick people — states could get waivers from that under certain conditions. That's why liberal health care analysts say the coverage could become unaffordable for people with health problems.

Trump's response: "Forget about unaffordable. What's unaffordable is Obamacare." He also acknowledged that the bill would rely partly on separate high-risk pools in the states that get the waivers: "Pools are going to take care of the pre-existing."

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Coronavirus updates: New global case numbers surpass China's

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. As Denmark and Estonia reported their first cases Thursday, Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia — which has 23 confirmed infections — told a news conference, "The risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us."

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee Molson Coors on Wednesday, including the 51-year-old gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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WHO official leads criticism of Trump's coronavirus response

President Trump with members of the new coronavirus task force, including Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on Wednesday. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, special advisor to the director general of the World Health Organization, told MSNBC Wednesday he found "most" of what President Trump said at his briefing on the novel coronavirus "incoherent."

The big picture: As the number of confirmed cases reaches 60 in the U.S., the top health professional — who was a health policy adviser in the Obama administration — is among several leading figures, in particular, Democrats, to criticize the president for his response to the outbreak.

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