Day No. 54
TLDR: The CBO report released Monday shows that by 2026 about 52 million people are estimated not to have insurance and those numbers are driving some enormous push back on both sides of the aisle.
--Trump was talking about general surveillance in wiretapping claims, Spicer says: White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that President Donald Trump was not talking literally or specifically when he accused President Barack Obama of "wiretapping" his campaign. The controversy comes from Trump's unsubstantiated claims about being under surveillance by the Obama administration, which the president posted in a series of tweets more than a week ago, ABC's MEGHAN KENEALLY reports. "There's been substantial discussion in several reports," Spicer said, referencing "surveillance that occurred." http://abcn.ws/2mEKcW6
--CBO: 14 million more uninsured next year under GOP plan: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that some 14 million more people will be uninsured next year if the Republican proposal, the American Health Care Act, is enacted. That number is expected to jump to 24 million more by 2026, compared with the current law, the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature legislation, for a total of 52 million uninsured that year, according to the CBO. One of the biggest differences between the proposed health care plan and the ACA is that there would be no penalty for people who do not have health insurance. ABC's MEGHAN KENEALLY, JUSTIN FISHEL and BENJAMIN SIEGEL have more: http://abcn.ws/2mF6F5j
Speed read with ABC’s ADAM KELSEY
5 Takeaways from the CBO health care report. One of the first effects identified by the report is a large increase in the number of uninsured Americans under the AHCA as opposed to the current law. The CBO report also shows that the AHCA will "decrease federal deficits by $337 billion" over a 10-year period from 2017-2026 and allows increased premium costs for the elderly, especially low-income. ABC's ADAM KELSEY explains some of the key takeaways from the report: http://abcn.ws/2mGabMK
DOJ asks for more time on inquiry into Trump wiretapping allegations. The Department of Justice has failed to meet the House Intelligence Committee's deadline to turn over any alleged evidence of wiretapping of President Donald Trump during the campaign. On Friday, House Intelligence Committee Chairs Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif., had formally requested that the Justice Department turn over any documentary evidence, including applications, orders or warrants, by Monday, assuming such information exists. According to a DOJ spokeswoman, the DOJ placed calls to Nunes and Schiff this afternoon, asking for "additional time to review the request," reports ABC's VERONICA STRACQUALURSI. http://abcn.ws/2mleaf5
Trump plans to donate salary, despite pledge not to take one. President Donald Trump has been drawing a salary -- despite pledging not to during the campaign and after the election -- but plans to donate the money to charity, according to press secretary Sean Spicer. With almost two months of service as president of the United States under his belt, Donald Trump has earned over $50,000 in salary. Spicer says that money will be given away by the end of 2017. Spicer said that the president's "intention right now is to donate his salary at the end of the year," note ABC's ALEXANDER MALLIN and ADAM KELSEY. http://abcn.ws/2mFn7m3
@glubold: Trump gave the CIA secret authority to do drone strikes again, reversing Obama. #bywithandthru me and @shaneharris
@ron_fournier: Give this a try in real life: Lie to somebody important, get caught, then walk it back with air quotes. Doesn't work https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/us/politics/kellyanne-conway-obama-microwave-surveillance.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0&referer=
@BraddJaffy: Breitbart posts audio of Paul Ryan Oct conf call: “I am not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0333_-gMKiw
@FoxNews: .@BretBaier: "Mr. Speaker, if you're encouraged by this CBO report, what's a CBO report you're discouraged by?" @SpeakerRyan explains. #AHCA
@brianklaas: The CBO is *the* trusted expert; it is led by a Republican. Price helped pick the director. And Trump used CBO stats 13x to attack Obama.