John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and most Republicans say that the GOP platform is to repeal Obamacare (or "repeal and replace it with real reform"). Yuval Levin argues in this week's issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD that "nothing short of repeal could suffice," and Sean Trende offers four reasons why repeal is realistic. So it's not surprising that Republican senator Bob Corker of Tennessee caught some flack for apparently breaking from conservatives when he recently said of repeal: "The fact is that’s not going to happen, OK."
But Corker tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that he was specifically talking about efforts to repeal the health care law in 2011. “I think a lot of people are talking about this election cycle generating results that will repeal it,” Corker says. “It’s an issue as simple math. I mean as long as Obama’s [president], it takes 67 votes in the Senate for that to occur.”