Last week, a Republican House candidate in Montana put his candidacy in serious jeopardy on the eve of Election Day when a reporter from The Guardian pressed him about an unfavorable Congressional Budget Office analysis of the GOP health care bill.
This estimate results in $31 billion less in savings than the March 23, 2017 CBO estimate (which estimated a $150 billion deficit reduction) and $218 billion less in savings than the March 13, 2017 CBO estimate (which estimated a $337 billion deficit reduction).
Nearly half of the public, 49 percent, holds favorable views of the Affordable Care Act, while 42 percent have negative views, which are among the law's most positive ratings tracked in polls by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation in the years since the law's passage. Those considering Republicans responsible includes most Democrats (77%) and independents (63%), and half (49%) of Republicans. Only about 3-in-10 overall view it positively.
In an interview with a North Carolina news station, Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) said he doesn't think Congress is going to reach a deal to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) any time soon, according to The Hill.
Overall, Obamacare enjoys much more positive ratings than the American Health Care Act.
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Anne Bedrick of New Rochelle, New York, carried an upside down American flag, which she said symbolized "a country in distress". The crowd gathered to celebrate the President's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement .
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The fourth seeded Christie registered 21-9, 21-18 win over Malaysia's Joo Ven Soong in the other semi-final match . Saina Nehwal too books a berth in the semis after she won a tough battle against Japanese shuttler Haruko Suzuki.
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According to a Reuters survey of economists, payrolls likely increased by 185,000 jobs in May after a gain of 211,000 in April. May's job growth was down from 174,000 the previous month. "The working-age population is growing too slowly to support that".
And that's why the AHCA's unpopularity is so problematic. At one point, the office estimated 22 million people would receive insurance through an Obamacare exchange by 2016. Some 49 percent of Americans support Obamacare, compared with almost 30 percent of Americans who take a favorable stance regarding the AHCA.
Those views are not universally held, though. "He's a little different than a lot of Democrats".
So far, we're seeing a similar split in partisan views of Donald Trump. And those are very negative consequences of legislation that clearly isn't winning friends, even among Senate Republicans.
Often, it was the President himself who made things unnecessarily hard - making promises that were not in line with the party message, demonstrating a lack of knowledge on policy details and handing out deadlines on the House conference to act swiftly, even when the votes weren't there.
On Tuesday, about 30 protesters - an average crowd for the events, which have drawn close to 100 on some weeks - gathered to "invite the senator and his staff to listen to their health care stories", according to For Our Future, one of the groups organizing the rallies along with Indivisible Central Florida, Planned Parenthood and Challenge Politics. More Americans, interestingly, view Obamacare favorably than the AHCA.
The AHCA also cuts 25-percent out of the Medicaid program which would result in a massive cost shift to states.
There is one key difference. Not only am I saving money, but my quality of care has greatly improved compared to my previous plan.