Whatever happened to the my party right or wrong approach?
Scruples. Three senators who realized that they owed their constituents an insurance system that worked best for the majority of their constituents.
They realized that providing tax cuts to the rich while eliminating health care access and increasing health insurance premiums for most of their constituents was unacceptable even if it was their parties approach.
Going into the week, Collins had repeatedly expressed concerns about the healthcare bill, opposing plans to defund Planned Parenthood, which the Senate's "skinny" bill would have done for one year.
Ahead of the vote, Collins expressed concerns with how the debate was going and why she couldn't support the "skinny" bill.
"While I support many of the components of this plan, this approach will not provide the market stability and premium relief that is needed," she said in a statement Thursday. Collins argued that a better approach would be to come up with a bipartisan idea.
"The ACA is flawed and in portions of the country is near collapse," she added. "Rather than engaging in partisan exercises, Republicans and Democrats should work together to address these very serious problems."
Collins voted "no" on all three healthcare plans proposed by the Senate GOP.
Murkowski has had concerns about the Senate's repeal-and-replace plan. She supports the federal expansion of Medicaid and keeping funding for Planned Parenthood. She said she voted against the motion to proceed because based on her commitment to "the process."
"I have said pretty consistently that process really does matter, particularly when you're dealing with something that is as direct and personal as health care, something that has an impact on one-sixth of the nation's economy," Murkowski told the Alaska Dispatch News.
Murkowski explained her decision to vote "no" on Friday in a tweet, again pointing to importance of the process, as well as "substance."
"I hear from fishermen who can't afford the coverage that they have, small business owners who can't afford insurance at all, and those who have gained coverage for the first time in their life," she said. "These Alaskans have shared their anxiety that their personal situation may be made worse under the legislation considered this week."