Feb 24, 2017

What you should know about the GOP's new healthcare plan

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Details of the GOP's new healthcare plan are beginning to emerge, as pieced together by Bloomberg:

  • Right to choose whether to purchase health insurance or not, which means not everyone will be covered.
  • Like Obamacare, the GOP plan will provide tax credits to help people purchase insurance, but those subsidies will be based on age rather than income — meaning poorer people won't get additional money.
  • Threat of rolling back Medicaid: About 12 million people currently have coverage through Medicaid expansion.
  • Insurers would be allowed to charge more to anyone — whether they are healthy or have a pre-existing medical condition — who had a gap in their health insurance coverage.
  • Timing: Trump said Wednesday that there will be a White House health plan by sometime in March.

Why it matters: The story shows Republicans acknowledging what most health care analysts already suspected: The replacement won't cover as many people as Obamacare, partly because the GOP isn't really trying to compete on that level.

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Experimental coronavirus vaccine to be tested on humans

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The vaccine that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and drugmaker Moderna have been developing to combat the coronavirus is ready to be tested on humans, NIAID director Anthony Fauci told the Wall Street Journal.

The state of play: The rapidly developed vaccine will be tested on 20–25 healthy volunteers in April to determine whether two doses will be safe and generate an immune response to protect against infection. Results will be available in July or August, Fauci told WSJ.

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#MeToo gets Weinstein

A man carries out Weinstein's walker. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein is now a convicted rapist, two years and four months after accusations against him helped ignite the #MeToo movement.

Why it matters: To date, #MeToo has resulted in hundreds of powerful men losing their jobs. Seven have been criminally convicted, with four others still facing charges.