Andy Slavitt was acting administrator of the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services until January. He calls the new Senate health care bill "the ugly step-sibling" of the House bill.
Senate Republicans are calling their health care bill the Better Care Reconciliation Act. It shares many provisions with the House's American Health Care Act, but goes further in cutting Medicaid.
A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that about half of adults now have a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, while one-third prefer the Republican alternative.
The latest analysis by the Congressional Budget Office says the bill would lead to 23 million fewer people having insurance coverage and would cut the federal deficit by $119 billion over 10 years.
In TV appearances and meetings with constituents, House Republicans are highlighting parts of the law that protect consumers, while glossing over loopholes that allow insurers to avoid paying.
Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York was one of the few Republican House members to hold a town hall following passage of the American Health Care Act. Her constituents were not happy.
The House GOP's bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would all but eliminate the requirement that people buy health insurance and shrink Medicaid coverage. It also cuts taxes for the wealthy.
The Affordable Care Act was funded with a patchwork of taxes — mostly but not exclusively on the wealthy — which would be undone by the Republican repeal-and-replace bill.
"Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was," Kimmel said in an emotional monologue, "there was a good chance you'd never be able to get health insurance."
Insurance companies face deadlines to offer Affordable Care Act plans for next year, but lawmakers and the White House have left key decisions up in the air.