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.
I cannot imagine that these very fine Republican Senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken ObamaCare any longer!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2017
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.
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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.