GOP Sen. Corker: Trumpcare Process Starting to Resemble Obamacare

Republican Sen. Bob Corker on Thursday bemoaned that the GOP’s health-care reform efforts are starting to resemble those that led to the passage of Obamacare in 2010. “I fear that it’s beginning to lack coherency... again, it’s beginning to feel like a bazaar, much like how Obamacare was put together where disparate things are added and put in,” Corker told reporters at the Capitol. “So anyway, hopefully that’ll calm down.” If not, Corker added, the Senate should vote on a clean repeal bill that “forces the two sides to sit down and come up with something that will stand the test of time.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said a procedural vote will take place next week. But Republicans have not yet determined whether the upper chamber will vote on a clean repeal bill with a two-year window to come up with a replacement, or legislation that repeals and replaces Obamacare simultaneously.

—Andrew Desiderio