A strategy packet sent to House Democrats is urging members to hold events that allow them to highlight the "terrible consequences" of the Republican legislation.
It's another sign that House Democrats intend to use the latest analysis by the Congressional Budget Office of the House GOP's American Health Care Act as the main tool to beat back ongoing attempts by the GOP to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to The Hill.
The CBO estimated 23 million more Americans would be without insurance in just under a decade, compared to staying the course by keeping Obamacare in place. The analysis also noted components of the Republican bill are also likely to put downward pressure on healthcare policy premiums, thereby making coverage more affordable for millions.
Even before the CBO analysis was released last week, and before the House passed its bill, Republicans in both the House and Senate were facing feisty and rambunctious town halls in their home states.
On Sunday, Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, of Louisiana, promoted his bill on Fox News Sunday, legislation he co-authored with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.
Cassidy said his bill was the "conservative solution" that would return power back to the states. And Cassidy even floated a figure of how his bill might gain bipartisan support, such as "25 Democrats and 40 Republicans," to pass in the Senate without the help of staunch conservatives on the issue like Rand Paul or Ted Cruz.
A poll released this past Thursday shows the House bill is still unpopular with most Americans, and the survey was done before the CBO released their numbers.
The plan from a working group of Senate Republicans is expected at the end of the Memorial Day recess.
Meanwhile, the healthcare battle is starting to eat up time Republicans need for other parts of their agenda, something Sen. John McCain has openly complained about, according to an account from Politico Playbook.
"Here's the reality," McCain began. "We've got 11 weeks between now and the end of September. We've got repeal of Obamacare, we're talking about tax reform, we're talking about a defense bill ... there's about three other things, a looming debt limit. How do you pack all that in? And so far, I've seen no strategy for doing so. I'm seeing no plan for doing so."