Cassidy–who campaigned very much in the mold of anti-Obamacare rank-and-file Republicans in 2014 – has distinguished himself in recent weeks as the debate over the Affordable Care Act has unfolded with his calls for Republicans not to rush to repeal Obamacare without time to find a replacement.
Cassidy is one of five Republican lawmakers who sponsored an amendment asking leadership to slow down the process to repeal Obamacare, and he has been vocally opposing repealing Obamcare taxes that could be used to pay for an alternative to Obamacare.
Cassidy says he had a lot of work to do yet to convince Democrats to work with Republicans on alternatives to ACA. Cassidy has been pushing his own health care bill since July of last year. Still, Cassidy says he is "open" to alternative ideas.
"Obviously, I'm invested in mine, but I'm invested in it because I talked to lots of stakeholders," Cassidy said.
Cassidy's biggest push is for states to have more freedom to regulate health care in their own states. Cassidy says if states want to keep Obamacare in California, for example, they should be able to do so.
"We should have a plan that isn't Republican, that isn't Democrat, isn't blue, isn't red ... but rather something that works for each state because Alaska is very different from Louisiana is very different than California," he said.