Now that President Trump and his team are dialing up their sales pitch for the repeal and replacement of the ACA, it's a good idea to start keeping track of the promises they're making about the replacement. David wrote this weekend about the high bar Vice President Mike Pence set for the bill at a speech in Milwaukee, and how the Senate's going to have to change a lot in the House bill if it wants to meet that bar.
One promise: "We're going to make sure that every person with pre-existing conditions has access to the coverage and the care that they need, no exceptions."
The fine print: Even if the Senate abandons the House plan to allow states to opt out of the ACA's pricing rules — and let insurers charge higher premiums to sick people — Caitlin Owens reports that it's still planning to let states relax the ACA's benefit rules. Senate Republicans will have to hope that doesn't allow insurers to steer sick people away by choosing not to cover certain things.
Why it matters: President Obama and congressional Democrats got hammered for promises they made about the ACA that weren't kept — especially that people would be able to keep their health plans and their doctors. Trump and Pence have been reminding their audiences of those failures every chance they get.
So they'd better believe there will be payback if they over-promise on the GOP bill — and so far, they're not paying attention to the warnings from the Congressional Budget Office and some think tanks about what the bill would actually do.