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 CassidyOvernight Health Care — Presented by Campaign for Accountability — House passes drug pricing bills amid ObamaCare row | Senate Republicans running away from Alabama abortion law | Ocasio-Cortez confronts CEO over K drug price tag Bipartisan senators unveil measure to end surprise medical bills Work on surprise medical bills goes into overdrive 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 GrahamTrump, Europe increasingly at odds on Iran Trump: Anonymous news sources are 'bulls---' Trump: 'Good chance' Dems give immigration 'win' after Pelosi called White House plan 'dead on arrival' MORE (R-S.C.) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary 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 McConnellBolton emerges as flashpoint in GOP debate on Iran On The Money: Treasury rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns | Companies warn trade war about to hit consumers | Congress, White House to launch budget talks next week | Trump gets deal to lift steel tariffs on Mexico, Canada Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act 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.