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Sen. Corker blasts Obamacare defunding efforts again


U.S. Senator Bob Corker minced no words Thursday at continued efforts by some colleagues to defund Obamacare.

Corker called the movement "sad," disingenuous" and "not gaining any momentum."

It comes in the wake of state lawmaker Joe Carr saying Lamar Alexander's lack of support for defunding Obamacare was one reason why he announced Tuesday his challenge of the U.S. Senator in next year's Tennessee Republican Party primary.   

"It's kind of disingenuous, it's unfortunate that people around our country are being sold this because it just won't work," said Corker responding to questions after speaking at a bipartisan gathering of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition in downtown Nashville Friday.

Corker cited a Senate floor speech from fellow Republican and medical doctor Tom Coburn who spoke of how "most of the funding for the health care bill comes through mandatory spending which is not even something we take up as part of the continuing resolutions."

The Senator though was quick to say he is no fan of Obamacare while criticizing the efforts to defund it.

"What has happened unfortunately is that they have taken an issue where Republicans are united and tried to act like some people are more opposed to it than others," said Corker.

The senator says the defunding efforts are "not gaining momentum" because "people see through it."

Corker added that he'll vote for repeal, but little can be done as long as President Obama is in the White House.

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