FROM Topher Spiro
Health insurance subsidies: Now you see them… now you don't Insurance company subsidies are key to the Affordable Care Act. After President Trump cut them last week, he called Obamacare "virtually dead." Then, yesterday, a bipartisan group of Senators proposed to revive the subsidies for two more years -- and the President changed his tune — until this morning. Will any of this keep Obamacare alive? That may depend on the most conservative Republicans in Congress — still determined to dance on its grave. We hear about uncertainty for low-income consumers -- with this year's enrollment scheduled to start in less than two weeks.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don't Public support for Obamacare now stands at 55% compared to 17% for the replacement bill passed by Republicans in the House. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has kept the Senate's Republican deliberations completely secret — and Democrats are politically outraged. Behind closed doors, one of the questions is: How soon will millions of people lose Medicaid coverage? Meantime, continued uncertainty has insurance companies conducting a "slow-motion meltdown."
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.