Pelosi opens door to working with GOP on healthcare

Pelosi opens door to working with GOP on healthcare
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) extended an offer to work with Republicans on healthcare Friday, less than one day after GOP efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare failed in the Senate. 

"Democrats extend the hand of friendship, and look forward to our working together in the regular order for the good of the American people," Pelosi said in a statement. 

The House Democratic leader said some of what Democrats heard during town halls, hearings and forums was consistent with the market stabilization section of the Senate GOP's "Better Care and Reconciliation Act" (BCRA), including short and long term stability funds and cost sharing subsidies.

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"House Democrats are prepared to support these vital measures and exchange ideas on how we go forward in other respects," she said, adding it is "essential" for President Trump to ensure that cost saving reduction payments will continue. 

Pelosi's offer comes after 48 Senate Democrats and three Senate Republicans effectively killed the GOP effort led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes McConnell tees up government funding votes amid stalemate MORE (R-Ky.) to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainLawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show Meghan McCain: It's 'breaking my heart' Warren is leading Biden in the polls The Hill's 12:30 Report: Video depicting Trump killing media, critics draws backlash MORE (R-Ariz.), who flew back to Washington amid brain cancer treatment for the healthcare debate, shocked the chamber when he voted against the legislation late Thursday night, after being lobbied by McConnell, Trump, and Vice President Pence. 

Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes Senate fails to override Trump veto over emergency declaration MORE (R-Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes MORE (R-Maine) also broke with their party in voting against the bill, a revised version of the ObamaCare repeal legislation previously passed by the House. 

“I regret that our efforts were simply not enough this time. Now, I imagine many of our colleagues on the other side are celebrating. Probably pretty happy about all this. But the American people are hurting, and they need relief," McConnell said after his defeat. 

"Now I think it's appropriate to ask, what are their ideas? It'll be interesting to see what they suggest as the way forward," he continued. 

Pelosi appears to have answered the call.