Three Republican senators who voted to block their party's latest Obamacare repeal plan called Friday for a bipartisan fix for insurance markets.
Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and John McCain, R-Ariz., said they still wanted to revamp the American health-care system to reduce costs and stabilize markets in pockets of the country. But they urged Senate leaders to take up an approach with both parties, rather than the Republican-only effort that characterized the various pushes to repeal or replace parts of the Affordable Care Act in recent weeks.
"Neither party has a monopoly on good ideas, and we must work together to put together a bipartisan bill that fixes the flaws in the ACA and works for all Americans," Collins said, in a statement.
McCain, whose vote early Friday appeared to come as a surprise to GOP leaders, added that he wants the Senate to "return to regular order with input from all of our members — Republicans and Democrats — and bring a bill to the floor of the Senate for amendment and debate."