Senate GOP united on one thing: lowering premiums

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Senate Republicans have spent three days throwing around all kinds of health policy ideas, but they're all united around Thursday's topic du jour: lowing premiums.

"There's no reason that premiums on the individual market should double and triple in a state like mine. There was no reason for that other than Obamacare," Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin told reporters. "We need to diagnose that then figure out what policies we can agree on to bring those premiums down."

There are two emerging ideas as to how to do that: Tinker with the Affordable Care Act's consumer protections — which is both better understood by members but more controversial — or automatically enrolling people in a basic health plan.