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President Trump has a problem: The Congressional Budget Office, led by a Republican appointee, keeps reporting that Republican health care bills are worse than Obamacare. In March, CBO projected that the House GOP bill would leave 24 million more people uninsured than under current law. On Monday, CBO projected that the Senate GOP bill would increase the uninsured population by 22 million. For people who remain insured, CBO says both bills would increase combined premium and out-of-pocket medical costs.
Listen to Episode 774 of Slate’s The Gist:
You might not have noticed that this is “energy week” in Washington. Like infrastructure week, tax reform week, and all the other policy-oriented weeks of speeches and barely substantive executive orders before it, this latest White House initiative is the political equivalent of vaporware. There’s little in the way of coherent policymaking thought, apparatus, or capability in the Trump administration. And so we tend to get one-pagers, vague promises, and slogans.
Not dead yet: Sen. Mitch McConnell’s announcement on Tuesday that he’ll delay the vote on Trumpcare didn't settle Jim Newell’s nerves overmuch. The Republican leadership in the Senate could still come back after the July Fourth break and offer holdouts just enough to get their support.
When Baby (Ansel Elgort) listens, the whole world’s a song. The most sought-after wheelman in town, he earned his nickname because he speaks so rarely it’s as if he never learned to talk—but singing is another matter. With his earbuds in and his sunglasses on, every heist is a carefully chosen playlist, each squeal of the getaway car’s tires a harmony. In Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, even the machine guns fire in time with the beat.
To listen to Episode 7 of Trumpcare Tracker, use the player below:
Listen to Isaac Chotiner’s interview with Maggie Haberman in the player below:
Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 458 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner with the audio player below.