GOP senator meeting with White House on new ObamaCare plan

GOP senator meeting with White House on new ObamaCare plan
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Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTax bill could fuel push for Medicare, Social Security cuts Collins to vote for GOP tax plan Overnight Tech: Lawmakers want answers on Uber breach | Justices divided in patent case | Tech makes plea for net neutrality on Cyber Monday MORE (R-La.) said he's meeting with the White House and the Trump administration "two or three times per week" on a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. 

Cassidy has teamed up with Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (R-S.C.) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerDems look to use Moore against GOP Senate hearing shows Fed chair nominee acts the part Senate GOP votes to begin debate on tax bill MORE (R-Nev.) on a new proposal that would essentially block-grant ObamaCare funding to the states while repealing the law's individual and employer mandates.

"I think the president is impatient and the president is kind of jamming the agenda a little bit, rightly so," Cassidy told The Advocate. "He's afraid momentum will dissipate."

"One thing I will guarantee is that I'll continue to fight to come up with a plan that fulfills President Trump's campaign pledges and returns power to patients, returns power to states and is both fiscally sustainable for the individual as well as for the taxpayers."

Graham said on "Fox News Sunday" he thinks there are 50 votes for the plan in the Senate and that he hopes to have 25 Republican governors supporting the bill within the next few weeks. 

"I believe there's 50 votes for this," he said. 

"There will be a tremendous amount of pressure on Republican leadership to take this up. I think Mitch will," he said, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.).

It appears that Senate leaders have moved on from repeal for now, focusing instead on tax reform and other issues. That has angered Trump, who lashed out repeatedly at McConnell last week.

"Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!" Trump tweeted last week.