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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Here's the passage from President Trump's New York Times interview that lit up health care Twitter yesterday:

"So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you're 21 years old, you start working and you're paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you're 70, you get a nice plan. Here's something where you walk up and say, 'I want my insurance.'"

We really are not trying to give Trump a hard time every time he talks about health care. But here's why this statement matters:

  • Nobody pays $12 a year for health insurance.
  • There are people who pay very little for insurance, but that's if they're getting Affordable Care Act tax credits.
  • What he described — with the "nice plan" at 70 — is something closer to life insurance, as several wonks pointed out.
  • It's not that the mistake itself makes a big difference in health care negotiations. It's that it speaks to a broader concern senators have had about Trump's understanding of the system Republicans are trying to change.
  • If Trump doesn't have a basic idea of the cost of health insurance, how would he understand the complexities of how the Senate health care bill could affect people's lives — like why its changes in actuarial value could end up with people paying $13,000 deductibles?
  • Trump doesn't show any awareness of his knowledge limits, per this quote from the same interview: "Actually, these guys couldn't believe it, how much I know about it. I know a lot about health care."

The White House response: Sarah Huckabee Sanders, when asked about the claim at yesterday's press briefing: "I'll have to check on the specifics."

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The growing popularity of food delivery has given rise to startups that open "ghost kitchens" — kitchens in warehouses or trailers that prepare food solely for delivery and have no option to dine in.

  • But they can come with a whole host of problems.

The big picture: The concept of "ghost kitchens" has been dubbed the next big thing in the future of services, with high profile backers like Uber founder Travis Kalanick. But these kitchens can be hard to run or unsafe.

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Federal judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for health workers

President Biden delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant at the White House on Nov. 29. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate for health care workers at federally funded facilities nationwide.

The big picture: The order comes one day after a federal judge in Missouri halted the mandate, which has a Jan. 4 deadline, in 10 states.

CNN suspends Chris Cuomo indefinitely

Chris Cuomo in 2019. Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for THR

CNN announced Tuesday evening that it has suspended anchor Chris Cuomo indefinitely following new revelations about his involvement in the management of his brother's sexual harassment scandal.

Driving the news: New documents released Monday showed that Cuomo used his contacts to garner information about the women accusing his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment, as well as of emerging media coverage relating to the scandal.