TRUMP AGENDA: Health care bill meets skepticism from policy wonks
NBC’s Benjy Sarlin talked to health care wonks about the GOP’s plan. Here’s what he learned. “They rarely agree on much, but health care experts on the left, right and center of the political spectrum have found consensus on the House GOP's Obamacare replacement: It won't work. While their objections vary depending on their ideological goals, the newly introduced Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) is facing an unrelenting wave of criticism. Some experts warn that the bill is flawed in ways that could unravel the individual insurance market.”
Leigh Ann Caldwell sums up the rank-and-file opposition to the bill even as GOP leaders try to shore up support for it.
More, from the New York Times, on the “sudden revolt” by conservatives over the bill.
And from the Wall Street Journal: “Republicans who want to slash regulation and federal spending are finding they must retain aspects of Obamacare to prevent political blowback if too many people lose coverage.”
POLITICO reports that Paul Ryan’s allies in policy circles are disappointed with the bill.
Republicans also disagree on how – or even whether – to pay for tax cuts, writes the Wall Street Journal.
Hawaii will file a legal challenge to Trump’s executive order Wednesday.
The Wall Street Journal: “The rapport between Barack Obama and Donald Trump is unraveling, with the president convinced that Mr. Obama is undermining his nascent administration and the former president furious over Trump tweets accusing him of illegal wiretapping, people close to the two men said. The budding feud between two men who share the unique bond of membership in the commander-in-chiefs’ club is a fresh distraction in a Trump presidency that has been struggling to enact its agenda.”
The Washington Post: “The Trump administration, searching for money to build the president’s planned multibillion-dollar border wall and crack down on illegal immigration, is weighing significant cuts to the Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration and other agencies focused on national security threats, according to a draft plan.”
Worth noting, from the AP: “China has granted preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks, paving the way for President Donald Trump and his family to develop a host of branded businesses from hotels to insurance to bodyguard and escort services, public documents show.”
From the Washington Post: “A vast portion of the CIA’s computer hacking arsenal appeared to have been exposed Tuesday by the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, which posted thousands of files revealing secret cyber-tools used by the agency to convert cellphones, televisions and other ordinary devices into implements of espionage.”
MORE: “While many of the attack technologies had been previously discussed at cybersecurity conferences, experts were startled to see evidence that the CIA had turned so many theoretical vulnerabilities into functioning attack tools against staples of modern life. These include widely used Internet routers, smartphones, and Mac and Windows computers.”
POLITICO: “Lawmakers are trekking to CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., to review classified evidence on Russia’s involvement in the presidential election. The House has scheduled its first public hearing on the issue. And the Senate is preparing to interview witnesses. The congressional investigations into ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian officials are in full swing.”
The New York Times profiles Democrat Jon Ossoff in GA-6.