Friday, January 22, 2010

‘Pause … reflect’

HEALTHCARE | After losing the election in Massachusetts, Democrats slow down their push for healthcare reform | Edward Lee Pitts

ASSOCIATED PRESS/PHOTO BY JOSE LUIS MAGANA

WASHINGTON—The shop-worn mantra “elections matter” continues to get its validation this week on Capitol Hill.

Now Scott Brown’s second victory after securing a U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts may be almost single-handily squashing healthcare reform as currently written by Democrats.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted to reporters Thursday that not enough Democrats support their quickest healthcare fix: bypassing the need for another Senate vote by simply passing the Senate bill in the House.

“Unease would be a gentle word with regards to the attitude of my colleagues toward the Senate bill,” Pelosi said. “I don’t see the votes for it at this time.” Full article.


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