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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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 6,789,313 — Total deaths: 396,388 — Total recoveries — 2,784,210Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 1,906,060 — Total deaths: 109,305 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
  3. Education: Students and teachers flunked remote learning.
  4. Public health: Fauci: "Very concerned" about spread of coronavirus amid George Floyd protests — Cities offer free coronavirus testing for protesters.
  5. Tech: The pandemic is accelerating next-generation disease diagnostics — Robotics looks to copy the software-as-a-service model as use of robots accelerates.
  6. Jobs: Better-than-expected jobs report boosts stock market.

Buffalo police officers arrested after shoving 75-year-old protester

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Two Buffalo police officers were charged with assault on Saturday after a video emerged of them shoving a 75-year-old protester while clearing a demonstration in the wake of George Floyd's killing, AP reports, citing prosecutors.

The state of play: Both officers pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault, and were released without bail. After the law enforcement officers were initially suspended without pay on Friday, all 57 officers on the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team resigned in a show of support for their fellow officers' suspensions.

Humility for forecasters: Jobs shocker is record miss

President Trump speaking in the Rose Garden following the release of the jobs report on May 5, 2020. Photo: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Economists were projecting that May's jobs figures would show a loss of 8 million jobs and an unemployment rate approaching 20% — Great Depression territory.

The state of play: Instead, a record 2.5 million workers were added, and unemployment fell to 13.3% from April's post-World War II high of 14.7%.