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The uninsured rate increased to 11.7 percent in the second quarter of the year, up from 11.3 percent in the first quarter, according to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. This corresponds to about 2 million adults who have dropped coverage.

  • The reason: Some people may have dropped coverage because of rising premiums on exchanges, Gallup said. But as Republicans attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Gallup also noted that market uncertainty may have contributed to the increase in the uninsured, both by further contributing to rising premiums and by discouraging people from purchasing insurance.
  • Why this matters: The White House has already blasted out the AP story on the increase, presumably to help make its case that the ACA is failing. But the other side of the story is that the insured rate is still much lower than it was when it peaked at 18 percent in the third quarter of 2013, right before implementation of the ACA.
  • For context: The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 22 to 23 million people will lose coverage under the House and Senate health bills, an estimate the Trump administration says is inflated.

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Birx: Trump White House could have reduced COVID deaths by 30 to 40%

Deborah Birx, then-coronavirus response coordinator, speaks during a news conference in the White House last November. Photo: Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Deborah Birx, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator under former President Trump, told a House subcommittee this month that the Trump administration could have prevented tens of thousands of deaths during the early stages of the pandemic.

Driving the news: "I believe if we had fully implemented the mask mandates, the reduction in indoor dining ... and we had increased testing, that we probably could have decreased fatalities into the 30% less to 40% less range," Birx said in closed-door testimony to the Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, according to excerpts provided by the panel.

Study: Fear of debt keeps Latinos out of college

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Fear of never being able to pay off school loans is keeping many young Latinos in the U.S. from going to college or completing a degree, according to a report published in September.

State of play: Latinos tend to have more difficulty repaying school debt than white student borrowers, according to Federal Reserve data, at the same time that they need more loans in order to afford tuition.

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Scoop: Biden administration objects to Israeli settlements plan

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett (L) meets with Secretary of State Tony Blinken. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Pool/AFP via Getty

The Biden administration has privately protested to the Israeli government over its plan to approve the planning and construction of more than 3,000 new housing units in the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, sources briefed on the issue tell me.

Why it matters: The approvals for new homes in the settlements will be the first since President Biden assumed office, and come after Biden and his top aides personally pressed Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to restrain settlement activity and decrease the number of new housing units.