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 MurkowskiRed dresses displayed around American Indian museum to memorialize missing, murdered native women Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration 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 GOP poised to go 'nuclear' on Trump picks Overnight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' MORE (R-Maine) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainFormer astronaut running for Senate in Arizona returns money from paid speech in UAE Fox's Roberts: Trump 'glared at me like I've never seen him glare at me before' Lou Dobbs: Political criticism of McCain 'not an exhumation of his body' 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.


“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."