The Latest: Trump says GOP health care law has ‘good chance’

The Latest on the Senate Republican push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump is offering strong support for the last-ditch GOP effort to repeal “Obamacare.”

Trump said Wednesday that the legislation by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana has a “very good chance.”

Trump made the comments before meeting with the president of Egypt in New York City during an annual United Nations gathering.

Trump says this legislation “is much better actually than the previous shot.” He says he thinks many Republicans are “embarrassed” that they have not overturned former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The legislation would repeal central elements of the health care law. States would get block grants instead.

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2:15 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to bring up a GOP health care bill on the Senate floor next week.

That’s according to McConnell’s spokesman, David Popp.

The legislation by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would repeal central elements of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. State would get block grants instead.

Republicans must vote on the bill by the end of next week or lose access to special budget rules that prevent Democrats from filibustering.

McConnell has been short of votes for the legislation and it remains unclear if he has the votes in hand to pass the measure.

Popp’s statement said: “It is the leader’s intention to consider Graham-Cassidy on the floor next week.”

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12:40 p.m.

New Jersey’s governor — Republican Chris Christie — says he opposes a health care overhaul that GOP senators in Washington are pushing.

Christie says he’s been lobbied to support the proposal. But he says he won’t back it because it would take money away from New Jersey and other states that expanded Medicaid.

He’s promoting his efforts to address New Jersey’s opioid epidemic. His administration has used Medicaid money for treatment.

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9:40 a.m.

Sen. Bill Cassidy is making a last-minute ditch effort to repeal the Obama health law and replace it.

The plan promoted by the Louisiana Republican would undo the central pillars of former President Barack Obama’s law. The legislation would rely on grants to the states so they could make their own health care coverage rules.

He tells MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that his bill “will bring power to that patient, power to that state…

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