The Latest: Paul to meet with Trump on health bill

The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times EDT):

11:45 a.m.

One of a handful of Republican senators opposing the Senate health care bill is headed to the White House to talk with President Donald Trump about the measure.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul tweeted about his visit, saying he was: "Headed to meet with @realDonaldTrump this afternoon." He added that the current bill is "not real repeal and needs major improvement."

Paul has said it is worse to "pass a bad bill than to pass no bill."

Senate leaders are scrambled to rescue their health care bill in the face of defections after Congress' nonpartisan budget office said the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than President Barack Obama's health care law.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been aiming to win Senate passage for the bill his week.

11:34 a.m.

The New York attorney general is threatening to file a lawsuit to block the implementation of a Republican health care overhaul.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday that the evolving Senate bill violates women's constitutional rights by de-funding Planned Parenthood. It also violates New York's state's rights, he said, by targeting a New York-specific Medicaid provision.

Schneiderman said, "If the version of the health care bill proposed last week ever becomes law, I am committed to going to court to challenge it to protect New Yorkers from these wrong-headed and unconstitutional" policies.

The Democrat made the comments in a speech to state business leaders. He later said his office is "doing the research" to prepare for possible litigation.

Senate Republican leaders planned to pass the bill this week, but so far lack the votes to take up the measure.



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