Sen. Richard BurrRichard BurrTrump's pick for intel chief to get hearing next week A guide to the committees: Senate Juan Williams: Senate GOP begins to push Trump away MORE (R-N.C.) said Thursday that Republicans might not be able to pass an alternative to ObamaCare until 2017.
"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 RyanGOP senator won't vote to defund Planned Parenthood Immigration hard-liners hold fire on ‘dreamers’ program THE MEMO: Trump's big immigration gamble 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.