Bill Cassidy

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., heads to the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 13, 2017, for a meeting on the revised Republican health care bill which has been under attack from within the party. Cassidy has expressed opposition to the bill as current written. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ORG XMIT: DCSA114

J. Scott Applewhite

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy met with White House officials on Monday to talk about ongoing efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“We had a productive meeting. All involved want a path forward,” Cassidy said in a brief statement after the meeting, adding that he views his proposal as a potential path forward. “I will continue to discuss these ideas with the administration, governors and folks back home, because the American people need relief.”

Politico first reported Cassidy was set to meet with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, top Medicaid official Seema Verma and White House legislative director Marc Short also are expected to attend, in addition to top aides to President Donald Trump.

"Working with the administration to create a path forward on health care," Cassidy wrote on Twitter Monday, confirming the Politico story. "Heading to the White House this afternoon."

Cassidy, a Baton Rouge Republican, has joined South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, to propose an alternate health care idea, after the U.S. Senate has repeatedly rejected other overhaul attempts in recent weeks.

The Cassidy-Graham-Heller legislation would end the ACA's individual mandate and leave several Obamacare taxes intact, while largely block-granting Medicaid funding for states.

The proposal has not been scored by the Congressional Budget Office, nor has it faced a vote in the chamber.

Trump, who campaigned on ending the Affordable Care Act, has repeatedly criticized Senate Republicans for not passing a plan. The latest attempt, dubbed a "skinny repeal," was defeated when Republican U.S. Sens. John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski joined Democrats in voting against it. Cassidy said he had hoped that the legislation could serve as a vehicle for his proposal to come out as a compromise.

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