GOP senator: Outline ObamaCare replacement before repeal

Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks On The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall 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 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 (Tenn.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFauci overwhelmed by calls after journal published mistake over beagle experiments McConnell looks for way out of debt ceiling box Senators make bipartisan push to block 0M weapons sale to Saudis MORE (Ky.) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks China draws scrutiny over case of tennis star Peng Shuai Biden says he's 'considering' a diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics 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 McConnellRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season 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 Davis RyanNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' 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.