Republicans are running out of time to get the AHCA through the Senate.
Now, the GOP's laser focus on lowering premiums could undermine comprehensive coverage that consumers also value, such as the current guarantees that people with medical problems can get health insurance, or that plans will cover costly conditions such as substance abuse. Gianforte has since been charged with misdemeanor assault.
This bill is neither creative nor helpful to health care and, worse, its aims are furtive: Its savings would be diverted to fund a proposed tax cut that would disproportionately benefit the wealthy.
As a candidate and as president, Trump has made reassuring promises about health care. By now the Republican senator, or at least his Orlando staff, should have a pretty good idea that Central Florida's progressive activists want to keep the heat on.
The CBO and the JCT estimated that enacting the version of the AHCA passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017 would result in a net reduction of the cumulative federal deficit of $119 billion over the course of the 10-year period from 2017 to 2026. But most Americans don't think the House bill lives up to those promises.
Trump weighed in with another tweet on Tuesday that again demonstrated a lack of understanding about the legislative process.
The Senate GOP must forge a compromise bill that will not only make it out of the upper chamber, but gain enough support among the more conservative elements of the House to pass there. Trump wrote on Twitter. While the overall approval rating for the ACA has increased since Republicans kicked off their repeal push this year, no political group has shifted its thinking more than independent voters.
The new findings reflect those of other polls conducted since the House passed the GOP's revised health care bill. That would reverse years of historic gains in coverage under Obamacare. Only 28 percent thought it would increase the cost of their own health care, while 21 percent said it would worsen access to health insurance, and 19 percent were concerned about quality.
The bill is now being considered in the Senate, which is expected to make significant changes. They received a recess packet encouraging them to emphasize the "terrible consequences" of their GOP colleagues' bill.
Although about half of the public wants changes in the bill, almost three-quarters of those surveyed said it was very or somewhat likely that Congress will pass and President Donald Trump will sign a bill to repeal and replace the ACA. It's among Obamacare's most popular provisions, as protesters reminded lawmakers in town halls around the country. In some cases, the lower premiums would also mean higher out-of-pocket costs, a cosmetic fix, at best. And all of it is verified by last week's CBO report. They would apply mainly to younger, healthier people. That's a big deal considering Medicaid now pays for half of all births and most publicly-funded family planning services.
But about two-thirds of Republicans support the legislation. The new CBO estimate of the newly uninsured is only about a million people fewer than the prior plan rejected by the House in March.