WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of 11 governors urged Senate Republicans on Tuesday to abandon efforts repeal the Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement.

The governors released a letter urging Congress to instead “work to make health insurance more affordable by controlling costs and stabilizing markets.’

The letter from five Republicans, five Democrats and one independent said the strategy of repealing the 2010 law now and replacing it later “could leave millions of Americans without coverage.’’

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado

“Going forward, it is critically important that governors are brought to the table to provide input, and we stand ready to work with lawmakers in an open bipartisan way to provide better insurance for all Americans,’’ the letter said.

The five Republican governors included John Kasich of Ohio, Larry Hogan of Maryland, Charles Baker of Massachusetts, and Brian Sandoval of Nevada.

The five Democrats were John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, Steve Bullock of Montana, John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.

The letter was also signed by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, an independent.

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