The Latest: Trump says he can work with Paul on health care | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s plans for the health care overhaul (all times local):

7:05 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he thinks he can get Sen. Rand Paul “on board” a Republican effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare.”

Trump tells reporters as he returns from Indiana Wednesday night, “I think Rand will be there for us.”

Trump said Wednesday he was considering signing an extensive order that would allow people to purchase health insurance across state lines — one of his signature campaign promises.

Paul has been pushing Trump to make good on that promise and says Trump can do so by expanding “association health plans” that would allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states.

Paul is one of several Republicans who refused to sign onto the latest GOP health care overhaul, killing the plan.

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1:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he will negotiate with Democrats on health care after the latest Republican effort to pass an overhaul bill failed in the Senate.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House Wednesday, Trump says he will meet with Democrats and “see if I can get a health plan that is even better.”

The president also says he’s looking at taking executive action to make health care changes. Trump says he may sign a “major executive order” that would allow people to buy insurance across state lines.

Trump says that he’s almost certain Republicans have the votes to pass legislation to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s signature heath care law.

Trump is insisting “we have the votes.” But he says a vote may not happen until next year.

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8:40 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he’s still optimistic about the prospects for health care legislation, even after Senate Republicans conceded defeat on a last-ditch effort to repeal the Obama health law.

On Twitter, Trump cited “very positive signs” from GOP Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and “two others.” He added: “we have the HCare Vote, but not for Friday!”

Murkowski did not endorse this week’s bill, complaining it was rushed.

Trump also said a “yes vote” was “in hospital.” He didn’t say who he was referring to.

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