Jul 10, 2017

Uninsured rate increased in second quarter of 2017

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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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Former Vice President Joe Biden secured second place in the Nevada Democratic caucuses with former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg third, according to NBC News projections Sunday.

Why it matters: It's a boost for Biden, who's widely tipped to be endorsed by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Wednesday, ahead of this week's South Carolina primary.

By the numbers: With almost 88% of precincts reporting, Biden has 20.9% of the Nevada votes and Buttigieg has 13.6%.

Flashback: Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucuses

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday a new plan to guarantee free child care and pre-kindergarten to all American children from infancy to age four.

Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

Exclusive: Trump's "Deep State" hit list

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The Trump White House and its allies, over the past 18 months, assembled detailed lists of disloyal government officials to oust — and trusted pro-Trump people to replace them — according to more than a dozen sources familiar with the effort who spoke to Axios.

Driving the news: By the time President Trump instructed his 29-year-old former body man and new head of presidential personnel to rid his government of anti-Trump officials, he'd gathered reams of material to support his suspicions.