Murkowski after voting no on healthcare bill: 'Both sides must do better'

Murkowski after voting no on healthcare bill: 'Both sides must do better'
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Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Collins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort How Senate relationships could decide ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Alaska) explained her vote against the GOP’s “skinny” ObamaCare repeal bill in a statement Friday, saying Republicans and Democrats “must do better on process and substance.”

“The Affordable Care Act remains a flawed law that I am committed to reforming with a structure that works better for all Americans,” Murkowski said. “But to do that, the Senate must fully devote itself to an effort to improve the healthcare system in this country, reduce costs, increase access, and deliver the quality of care that our families want and deserve.

Murkowski joined Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Ryan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Collins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort MORE (R-Maine) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-Ariz.), as well as every Senate Democrat, in voting against the bill, which led to its shocking collapse in the early hours of Friday.

In her statement, Murkowski indicated she would be willing to work with Senate Democrats on healthcare reform.

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“As a Senate, as leaders, we have an obligating to do better for those whom we serve,” she said. “I stand ready to begin work with my colleagues — all of them — to reform healthcare in a more open process.”

Murkowski has become embroiled in a feud with President Trump’s White House over her opposition to the healthcare bill.

On Wednesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called Murkowski and fellow Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan (R) and threatened to withhold federal support from economic development projects in the state if Murkowski didn’t support the bill.

Trump also targeted her in a tweet earlier this week, saying Murkowski “let the country down.”

She downplayed the threat from Trump, saying she was focused on representing the people of Alaska.

"Every day shouldn't be about winning elections," she said. "How about just doing a little bit of governing around here. That's what I'm here for."