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Two prominent conservative health care advisers have some interesting advice for Republicans in the Washington Post: It's OK to talk about coverage for everyone, not just "access." The piece by Lanhee Chen, Mitt Romney's former policy director and a member of the Axios board of outside experts, and former Health and Human Services deputy secretary Tevi Troy acknowledges a Republican dilemma. They're worried that if they embrace universal coverage, it will sound like they want a single-payer system, just like the Democrats.

But by focusing on bringing down health care costs, Chen and Troy write, Republicans can actually make a lot of progress on covering more uninsured people, not just giving them "access" to coverage.

Why it might matter: Their prescriptions don't really break new ground in Obamacare replacement ideas, but by urging Republicans to be bolder in their goals, Chen and Troy — who have a lot of influence in GOP circles — could persuade some Republicans that it's OK to try to run up the coverage score.

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Pandemic plunges U.K. into "largest recession on record"

The scene near the Royal Exchange and the Bank of England in the City of London, England. Photo: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom slumped into recession as its gross domestic product GDP shrank 20.4% compared with the first three months of the year, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) confirmed Wednesday.

Why it matters: Per an ONS statement, "It is clear that the U.K. is in the largest recession on record." The U.K. has faired worse than any other major European economy from coronavirus lockdowns, Bloomberg notes. And finance minister Rishi Sunak warns the situation is likely to worsen.

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World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

The United Kingdom slumped into recession on Wednesday, as its gross domestic product GDP shrank 20.4% compared with the first three months of the year.

By the numbers: Over 741,400 people have died of the novel coronavirus globally and more than 20.2 million have tested positive, per Johns Hopkins. Almost 12.6 million have recovered from the virus.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 20,294,091 — Total deaths: 741,420— Total recoveries: 12,591,454Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 5,141,207 — Total deaths: 164,537 — Total recoveries: 1,714,960 — Total tests: 63,252,257Map.
  3. States: Georgia reports 137 coronavirus deaths, setting new daily record Florida reports another daily record for deaths.
  4. Health care: Trump administration buys 100 million doses of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine.
  5. Business: Moderna reveals it may not hold patent rights for vaccine.
  6. Sports: Big Ten scraps fall football season.
  7. World: Anthony Fauci "seriously" doubts Russia's coronavirus vaccine is safe