GOP Uneasy about How to Replace Health Care Law

Posted at 3:30 PM, Jan 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-06 10:57:53-05

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's growing Republican unease about repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without having a replacement plan ready to go.

With Donald Trump about to enter the White House, Republicans plan to void the health care law this year as quickly as they can.

Writing a GOP alternative is more complicated and likely to take added time.

Increasingly, Republicans are expressing nervousness about voting to dismantle Obama's law without having a substitute in hand.

Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker told reporters Friday that Republicans could end up in a "box canyon" if they annul the existing statute without having their own package ready.

With 20 million Americans getting coverage under Obama's law, the GOP could face a political nightmare if they repeal the statute but can't enact a replacement.