The time has come to get Republicans and Democrats, including governors, in the same room to work on a health-care solution, Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., told CNBC on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Republicans decided not to hold a Senate vote on their latest health-care bill this week after it failed to garner enough support for passage.

Hickenlooper, who has been working with Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio on a bipartisan plan, said the first step is to determine how to stabilize the private health-care markets.

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray were working on a short-term solution, but last week they said they failed to reach a bipartisan consensus. However, Hickenlooper said he’s “hopeful” they will continue their work.

“Once we get that, then I think it’s time to roll up our sleeves — Republicans and Democrats,” Hickenlooper said in an interview with “Closing Bell.”

“We have to begin looking at how do we control costs going forward. What’s it look like to really take on health care and the Affordable Care Act?” he added.

And that discussion should include governors, who have to implement the rules and regulations that come out of Washington, he said.

“Let’s get … some governors in there as well and say what can work and what can we really look at,” he said. “We all agree that we want to control this ridiculous medical inflation that we’ve been seeing for the last 30 years, long before the Affordable Care Act.”

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