ObamaCare is Dead

From RCP Senate Race Live Blog

11:35pm — A somewhat stunning statement from Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA): “If Coakley had won, I believe we could have worked out a reasonable compromise between the House and Senate health care bills. But Since Brown has won and the GOP now has 41 votes in hte Senate, that approach is no longer appropriate. I am hopeful that some GOP Senators will be willing to discuss a revised version of health care reform because i do not think the country would be well served by the health care status quo. But our respect for Democratic procedures must rule out any effort to pass a health care bill as if the Massachusetts election had not happened. I hope there will be a serious effort to change the senate rule which means that 59 votes are not enough to pass major legislation, but those are the rules by which the health care bill was considered and it would be wrong to change them in the middle of this process.”

Thank you Massachusetts!

5 thoughts on “ObamaCare is Dead”

  1. I’ve seen different polls, and the people voting for Brown also disapproved of the GOP from 55 to 65 percent at the time. As I retweeted the other day, this was also a rejection of Tea Partyism. Brown went on camera distancing himself from these people (even though he was caught on camera attending such an event) but if you’ve got to downplay your association with anti-intellectuals and racists to beat a dead fish candidate in a shoe-in seat, that’s good news for moderates in both parties.

  2. Thankfully, we do not have a system designed to allow the people to actually dictate policy. We have a system of elections which are designed to allow the people to fire officials whose policies are intolerable. They are doing so now.

    The hope and fear surrounding Brown is to some extent overheated, as it amounts to Lincoln Chafee reclaiming his seat.

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