Cassidy meeting with Trump aides to discuss health care reform

With the White House seeking to rebuild momentum for the stalled Obamacare repeal effort, Sen. Bill Cassidy is meeting with top aides to President Donald Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price today to discuss health care reform.

The Hill reports Seema Verma, the top Medicaid official, and White House legislative director Marc Short also are expected to attend.

The meeting comes after Cassidy and Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Dean Heller of Nevada spoke with the president on Friday to discuss their health care proposal.

The Cassidy-Graham proposal hasn’t been scored by the Congressional Budget Office, which would be required if it were to receive a vote under the fast-track budget “reconciliation” procedure.

The plan would keep intact most of Obamacare’s taxes except the medical device tax, send federal health care funds to the states in block grants, kill Obamacare’s individual mandate and maintain protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Trump pressured aides over the weekend to show progress, and the Graham-Cassidy proposal is seen as one possible way forward.

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