Republicans are hoping to re-create the late-summer town hall meetings at which angry voters lashed out over proposed health care legislation. Sen. Lamar Alexander tells Politico the party is planning 50 phone and in-person gatherings over the next few weeks. "If every American has a chance to read the bill, understand what it costs and how it affects them, it wouldn’t have a chance in the world of passing," he said.
While many Democrats feel optimistic about efforts to make over the nation's health care system, the GOP is eager to seize on potential weaknesses. A recent poll found that 49% of Americans think their health costs would go up under the changes. So the party plans to give Senate Republican Conference members talking points that warn of higher costs and a "Washington takeover."