GOP senator: Outline ObamaCare replacement before repeal

Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGun proposal picks up GOP support Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns Agricultural trade demands investment in MAP and FMD MORE (Maine) said Friday that lawmakers should, at the very least, release a framework of their plan to replace ObamaCare before repealing the law. 

"I think we need a detailed framework that tells the American people, including those who depend on the Affordable Care Act for their coverage, and the insurance industry ... what direction we're headed," Collins told The Hill.

She said that in an "ideal situation" lawmakers would repeal and replace ObamaCare simultaneously, but, "absent that," they should release an outline instead of repealing and then making a replacement plan later. 

Collins is one of a growing number of Senate Republicans who are voicing concerns about nixing the healthcare law without a replacement plan.

Both the House and Senate are expected to vote next week to lay the groundwork for repealing the law, with committees having until late January to hash out their repeal bills.

In addition to Collins, GOP Sens. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerDeficit hawks voice worry over direction of tax plan The Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot MORE (Tenn.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient GOP feuds with outside group over analysis of tax framework MORE (Ky.) and Tom CottonTom CottonHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Republicans jockey for position on immigration The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Ark.) have each signaled this week that they believe ObamaCare repeal and a replacement plan should be moved together. Paul also met with members of the House Freedom Caucus this week.

"To me it is problematic if we have a transition period but wait until the end of the transition period to unveil a replacement, because it won't give the markets time to adjust and it raises questions about what happens in the meantime," Collins added Friday.  

Senate GOP leadership has backed voting to repeal ObamaCare immediately but including an "off ramp" that would delay the repeal, though GOP leaders haven't locked down an exact timeline. Asked about the details of a replacement plan during a weekly press conference, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.) signaled lawmakers were focused on first repealing the law.

Collins has also raised concerns over linking a fight to defund Planned Parenthood to the repeal bill, saying she "is not happy" about House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanThe Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Gun proposal picks up GOP support GOP lawmaker Tim Murphy to retire at end of term MORE's (R-Wis.) plan. 

Republicans have 52 seats in the Senate and will need 50 senators to support repealing the bill. No Democrat has said they will support repeal, instead warning that Republicans will face political backlash if they move forward without a replacement plan.