Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Significant digits from the FiveThirtyEight news letter

45 percent
Percentage of people who think the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is a good idea. As the GOP-controlled Congress plans its repeal, the legislation has never been more popular, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Among respondents, 45 percent said it’s a good idea, and 41 percent said it’s a bad idea. [Mark Murray, NBC News]
Scriber: So why would the GOPlins in Congress listen to their constituents?

1,000 questions
Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee sent secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson almost 1,000 questions that must be answered before a vote on his nomination. That’s a lot more than is typical. [Slate]

Value of stock in Zimmer Biomet, a medical device maker, bought by Tom Price just before the representative introduced a bill that would directly benefit the company. Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Department of Health and Human Services, says he didn’t know about the transaction. Price’s Senate confirmation hearing starts today. [CNN]
Scriber: Should we be asking what is Price’s price?

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