Politico, July 31, 2017
Burgess Everett and Josh Dawsey


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The White House is trying to rebuild momentum for Obamacare repeal after it stalled, yet again, in the GOP Senate last week.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) met Monday with top aides to President Donald Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price about health care reform, said a Cassidy aide and Republican officials.

Sources said several GOP governors were expected to attend including Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Phil Bryant of Mississippi and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is also expected to be in D.C. Monday. Seema Verma, the top Medicaid official, and White House legislative director Marc Short were also expected.

"I was called to a working session at the White House with a small group of governors to discuss options with the Administration to improve our healthcare system and to reduce long-term costs for our state and nationally," Hutchinson said. "I am encouraged that there is a new commitment to finding a solution that is inclusive of the governors.”

Cassidy said everyone in attendance was seeking a "path forward" on healthcare, which has eluded the GOP for months. [...]

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