Trump: ‘I cannot imagine’ GOP senators don’t back healthcare bill

Trump: ‘I cannot imagine’ GOP senators don’t back healthcare bill
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President Trump chimed into the Senate's healthcare debate on Saturday, saying that he "cannot imagine" Republican senators would allow ObamaCare to remain in place any longer.

"I cannot imagine that these very fine Republican Senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken ObamaCare any longer!" he wrote on Twitter.

Senate Republican leaders unveiled their long-awaited plan to overhaul the country's healthcare system on Thursday. But the bill has come under fire by some Republicans, who say they cannot vote for it in its current form.

Among those flatly opposed to the current bill are Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPentagon: War in Afghanistan will cost billion in 2018 Overnight Finance: Senators near two-year budget deal | Trump would 'love to see a shutdown' over immigration | Dow closes nearly 600 points higher after volatile day | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 | Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group Rand Paul calls for punishment if Congress can't reach a long-term budget deal MORE (R-Kent.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSasse statement: Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories has a ‘tinfoil hat’ Coalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill For the sake of our democracy, politicians must stop bickering MORE (R-Texas), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold Johnson40 patient advocacy groups oppose 'right to try' drug bill GOP eyes changes to 'right to try' bill Hundreds sign on to letter opposing 'right to try' drug bill MORE (R-Wis.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeRubio on push for paid family leave: ‘We still have to work on members of my own party’ National ad campaign pushes Congress to pass legislation lowering drug prices Senate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA MORE (R-Utah) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerHeller campaign slams GOP rival over six-figure nonprofit salary Juan Williams: Help Trump climb down from the wall GOP Senate candidate fundraising lags behind Dems in key races MORE (R-Nev.). 

Trump said on Thursday that the Senate measure would need "a little negotiation," but later insisted that he was "very supportive" of the plan. 

Republican leaders are hoping to hold a final vote on the bill next week. They can only afford two GOP defections in order to meet the 50 votes needed to pass the bill.  

The House passed its version of a healthcare overhaul bill last month. 

But Trump privately told Republican Senators earlier this month that the House bill was “mean” and that the Senate’s plan should be more generous. .

The Senate bill calls for deep cuts to Medicaid, prohibits federal funding for Planned Parenthood and ends the ACA’s individual mandate requiring Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty.