by Lauren Fox, TPM - Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) seemed to be leaning toward a strategy to repeal and replace Obamacare simultaneously Tuesday, something that is being pushed by House conservatives in the Freedom Caucus.
"Why would we put off for three years doing what we know we have to do?" Corker told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
While Corker said he still wanted to hear from Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was scheduled to meet with senators shortly after Corker spoke to reporters, he openly wondered whether waiting three years to replace Obamacare could create political problems down the line. (read more)
Senator Lamar Alexander who had recently said the repeal-and-replace effort could take "several years," has changed his tune. He more recently said, "the sooner we can come up with a replacement the better." "Our goal is to repeal Obamacare, have a transition period, and then replace it, and to do that in an orderly, sensible way that helps people and doesn't hurt them." (link)