Feb 6, 2017

Where did Obamacare enrollment rise? Paul Ryan's state

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There were some surprises in the enrollment numbers released Friday — because even though the overall trend was down, there were a few cases where the signups inched up a bit. In House Speaker Paul Ryan's home state of Wisconsin, enrollment actually increased by 3,829 over last year, even though Ryan is leading the charge for repeal.

That was nothing compared to Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch's home state of Utah, where signups increased by 21,550 over last year — or Florida, where enrollment surged by 17,206 despite Gov. Rick Scott's vocal opposition to the law. Even in those states, though, signups might have slowed a bit at the end: The Salt Lake Tribune had Utah's enrollment even farther ahead of last year's as of mid-January.

Jennifer Sullivan of Enroll America, a group that promotes Obamacare coverage, tells me that a lot of factors could explain why those states did better than others — anything from how many customers got subsidies to the strength of the outreach "ground game." Both were possible factors in Florida.

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China reopens Wuhan after 10-week coronavirus lockdown

People wearing facemasks stand near Yangtze River in Wuhan. Photo: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images

China has lifted its lockdown of Wuhan, the city in Hubei province where the coronavirus outbreak was first reported in December, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: As cases surged in January, China took the draconian step of sealing off the city of 11 million and shutting down its economy — a response that was viewed at the time as only possible in an authoritarian system, but which has since been adopted by governments around the world.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 1,381,014— Total deaths: 78,269 — Total recoveries: 292,973Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 378,289 — Total deaths: 11,830 — Total recoveries: 20,003Map.
  3. Trump administration latest: Trump removes watchdog overseeing rollout of $2 trillion coronavirus bill
  4. Federal government latest: Senate looks to increase coronavirus relief for small businesses this week — Testing capacity is still lagging far behind demand.
  5. States update: New York death toll surged to its highest one-day total as state predicts a plateau in hospitalizations.
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Trump removes watchdog overseeing rollout of $2 trillion coronavirus bill

Glenn Fine, acting Pentagon watchdog

President Trump on Monday replaced the Pentagon's acting Inspector General Glenn Fine, who had been selected to chair the panel overseeing the rollout of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed last month, Politico first reported.

Why it matters: A group of independent federal watchdogs selected Fine to lead the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, but Fine's removal from his Pentagon job prevents him from being able to serve in that position — since the law only allows sitting inspectors general to fill the role.

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