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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump may sign an executive order to push Rand Paul's health care plan


Updated September 27, 2017 03:34 PM EDT

President Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he is considering signing an executive order to allow Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines.

"I'll probably be signing a very major executive order where people can go out, cross state lines do lots of things and buy their own health care and that will be probably signed next week. It's being finished now, it's going to cover a lot of territory, a lot of people. Millions of people," Trump told reporters outside the White House as he prepared to board Marine One.

Trump said he'll 'probably be signing a very major executive order' on health care

Trump also said he was considering an order on health care associations -- an idea that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has said he has been negotiating with the president.

A spokesman for Paul confirmed that the order Trump described is the same proposal Paul has been working on.

Paul has said expanding the associations would allow people in the individual insurance market to form their own groups across state lines, which would let them leverage insurers for better prices and coverage.

Sen. Rand Paul says he's working on a health care proposal with Trump
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"That will take care of a tremendous number of people with regard to health care," Trump said, adding that he could sign the order as early as next week.

He also told reporters that he believes Republicans have the numbers to pass an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, but he said they will wait until the spring to vote.

"I will negotiate with Democrats but from the Republican standpoint, we have the votes. We'll vote in January, February or March," Trump said.

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