Goodbye, Health Care Reform?
Agggh! According to WGGB and other sources, Republican Scott Brown now leads Democrat Martha Coakley by 53 percent to 47 percent in the special election for U.S. Senator to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA). The Associated Press has officially projected that Brown is the winner.
If Brown is elected, he will join with Senate Republicans to block any real health care reform, even the lukewarm half-reforms in the current Senate bill. He will join with them to block any more economic stimulus that might help reduce unemployment.
Of course, from his campaign commercials, we know that Brown has a truck. So you have to say that in his favor. 😦
Things look bad, but all is not lost. At this moment, only about two-thirds of the votes have been counted.
Even if Brown is elected, we still have options. Health care reform could be passed through “reconciliation,” which is when the Senate and the House get together to work out a compromise between the different versions of a bill that they have passed. And at the beginning of the next Senate session, the Democratic majority could restrict the use of filibusters, which let the Republican minority block vital legislation.
So I guess that we’ll see. The votes are still being counted.
Copyright 2010 by Rinth de Shadley.