There's going to be a lot of talk about how the idea might actually work, and whether it can be more effective than Obamacare's individual mandate, at a House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee hearing this morning. The idea is to cover people with pre-existing conditions only if they keep themselves insured. Based on advance statements and testimony, this is what you're likely to hear:

  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum: It's probably going to be more effective than the mandate, since a lot of young adults decided to just pay the fine rather than get coverage.
  • J. Leonard Lichtenfeld of the American Cancer Society: it would be too broad and would unfairly penalize people who lost coverage for reasons beyond their control.
  • Ranking Democrat Frank Pallone: It means insurance companies could go back to charging people more for pre-existing conditions.

So far, the actual language of the continuous coverage proposal hasn't been released.

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The Supreme Court ended its term with a series of rulings on religion's role in schools, the workplace and access to health care.

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What he's saying: Don Jr., whose controversial blasts connect with President Trump's base, told me in a phone interview that "Liberal Privilege" will be his effort to paint a picture of Joe Biden and his record that the press ignores.