Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrLawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program Facebook under fire over Russian ads in election 5 senators call for US to shutter embassy in Havana MORE (R-N.C.) said Thursday that Republicans might not be able to pass an alternative to ObamaCare until 2017. 

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Burr, along with Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchFinance to hold hearing on ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea Week ahead in finance: Clock ticking for GOP on tax reform MORE (R-Utah) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) unveiled a GOP replacement plan for ObamaCare on Wednesday. But, appearing the next evening on Fox News's "Special Report with Bret Baier," Burr said no single idea is likely to generate consensus.

"I don't think so," he said. "I think that there are going to be a lot of ideas not only in Congress but around the think tanks here in Washington and around the country."

He also pointed to the case of King v. Burwell, which the Supreme Court will hear next month. The high court could strike down subsidies to people buying insurance on ObamaCare's federally run exchanges, raising pressure for a response from Congress.

"But I do say this, we're going to know a lot more after the Supreme Court hears the King v. Burwell case, and that's going to be a short-term interim response," Burr said. "The long-term is, how do we revamp this in 2017 and after so it works for America's patients?"

Burr's plan would repeal ObamaCare and replace it with tax credits to help people buy insurance, while scrapping the law's mandates and protecting people with pre-existing conditions who have been continuously insured.  

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced last week that a different group of Republican lawmakers will also be developing an alternative. 

That group includes Reps. Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (Wis.), John Kline (Minn.), and Upton. It will also create a "contingency plan" if the Supreme Court strikes down subsidies in King v. Burwell.