Corker warns against repealing ObamaCare without replacement

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-Tenn.) is joining a growing number of Senate Republicans voicing concerns about the GOP's strategy to repeal ObamaCare without a replacement plan. 

"[It] would be best for our country to go ahead and replace it with something that works and repeal at the same time," Corker told reporters Friday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. 
 
 
"I think the president-elect's position is the right position. And again, if you look again at some of his quotes recently, he continues to offer caution," Corker said Friday, adding moving the two together is the "prudent course of action." 
 
Trump also weighed in on Capitol Hill's ObamaCare debate this week, tweeting that Republicans "must be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster."
 
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Both the House and Senate are expected to vote next week to pave the way for repealing ObamaCare, despite deep divisions about how to replace the law. 
 
Corker, who supports getting rid of ObamaCare, acknowledged there is a "tremendous desire by Republicans to just repeal immediately." 
  
He urged Democrats to come to the table to work on a replacement deal, including swapping out the employer and individual mandates with auto-enrollment and giving governors more flexibility on Medicaid. 
 
"At some ways you can look at what's happening and say this is risky businesses," he said. "I know much of the repeal piece is about making a political point."
 
Corker is the latest Senate Republican who has raised concerns about the party's strategy to move forward on a repeal without a replacement. 
 
Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP lawmaker calls for Wuhan probe to 'prevent the next pandemic' All congressional Democrats say they have been vaccinated: CNN Fauci on Rand Paul: 'I just don't understand what the problem is with him' MORE (R-Ky.) has been leading the push in the Senate to move a replacement plan along with a repeal vote. He met with members of the House Freedom Caucus to pitch them on his plan, as well as concerns about the GOP budget resolution.
 
 
Republicans have a 52-seat majority in the Senate. They need 50 votes — expected to have to be all Republicans — to pass both the resolution including the rules for ObamaCare repeal and the separate repeal bill.