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Health care accounts for almost one-fifth of the American economy, making it the most expensive system in the world, by a wide margin.

Data: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Chart: Kerrie Vila/Axios

And the cost isn't going up because we're using more health care, but because of the prices we pay for those services.

What's next: There's agreement between the parties that the way we pay for health care — paying doctors and hospitals for each service they provide — is broken. The Affordable Care Act tried to advance a more integrated model and tie payments to the quality of care. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar shares those goals.

Be smart: One person's health care spending is another person's salary. For the system overall to spend less money, health care providers will have to make less money. And that's always a hard sell.

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Oct 16, 2020 - Health

A vast majority of Americans love pre-existing conditions protections

Reproduced from KFF; Chart: Axios Visuals

The vast majority — nearly eight in 10 — of Americans don't want to the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act's pre-existing conditions protections, according to a KFF poll.

Yes, but: Only 58% of Americans say the same about the law in its entirety, with the gap between the two positions largest among Republicans.

Oct 14, 2020 - Health

FDA approves Regeneron's drug as first treatment for Ebola virus

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The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Regeneron Pharmaceuticals' Inmazeb as the first treatment for the Ebola virus.

Why it matters: The approval comes after the World Health Organization announced in June that the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak had been eradicated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There were over 3,400 cases and over 2,200 deaths, according to data from WHO.

Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

Photo: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.