Washington (CNN)While much of the attention is focused on President Donald Trump's pick to sit on the high court, the policy world continues to churn. Health care insurers are clearly concerned they won't have clarity on the fate of Obmacare in time to make a decision on 2018. The border adjustment tax, which could be used as an alternative to Trump's tariff idea, may not be able to get through the Senate. And fallout from the travel ban continues to impact the business world.
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- Republicans voted to suspend committee rules, allowing them to advance Tom Price's nomination for Health and Human Services secretary without a Democrat present at the hastily-called hearing. The vote now heads to the full Senate.
- Insurers warned a congressional subcommittee Wednesday morning that Congress needs to continue Obamacare's cost-sharing subsidies and provide clarity on premium subsidies in the "next 30 days" so insurers can make a decision on 2018.
- Sen. Orrin Hatch said he wants Obamacare taxes fully repealed rather than leave some of them in place to fund a replacement.
- Sen. Lamar Alexander continues to say replacement will be a slow process. Rep. Greg Walden also talked about a "fix" or "repair," rather than replacement.
- Trump tweeted on the travel ban this morning, saying "call it what you want."
- Apple is a considering legal action over the ban.
- The travel ban hit home hard in Dearborn, Michigan where the Arab population is 30%. And Ford's CEO was the only US auto leader to speak out.
- Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe claims the commonwealth already lost two deals with overseas companies looking to relocate, due to the travel ban. "They didn't lose interest. They're scared," McAuliffe said.
- The Wall Street Journal reports on Saudi Arabia's oil minister praising Trump's fossil fuel friendly policies.
- Ten Democratic senators boycotted -- and in turn delayed -- the vote for Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.