January 19th, 2010
08:37 AM ET
11 years ago

Health reform teeters as GOP seeks Massachusetts miracle

(CNN) - A couple of weeks ago, President Obama appeared to be on the brink of achieving the Democratic dream of comprehensive health care reform.

Today that dream is at risk of being derailed in the most Democratic of states: Massachusetts.

Democrats are increasingly nervous over the once inconceivable prospect that they will lose Tuesday's special election to replace Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died last August. Losing the seat would strip Democrats of their 60-seat Senate majority and give Republicans enough votes to block the reform bill - along with other key parts of the president's agenda.

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  1. Four and The Door

    A third option would be for Democrats to revisit the idea of trying to push health care through the Senate with only 51 votes - a simple majority.
    If the Democrats were truly serious about Health Care Reform in the interest of the American people, they would choose the option that nobody in the media will talk about: Come up with legislation that reduces the cost of health care and enjoy the support of the Republicans in congress. They absolutely will support responsible legislation that provides complete access to health care. This is not just a Democratic issue. This is an American issue and Republicans have made plenty of proposals that acheive full access responsibly. The Democrats have just been so partisan and inward focused that they ignore this obvious solution to getting health care passed.

    January 19, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    It will be great when the crappy healthcare reform bill that contains no reform fails. Then all we "progressives" have to do is sit back and laugh and watch as the system collapses over the next decade or so from the weight of retiring baby boomers. Then we'll get single payer universal healthcare. Americans are brainwashed idiots. Watch this: SOCIALISM! Did I just frighten you? Haha! You're all programmed by your corporate masters. Enjoy your spiraling healthcare costs. You voted for it, you got it. Have a nice day, consumerbots!

    January 19, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. JGB

    This our hope to throw out this lousy pork filled, lobbyist built, backroom deal made health care disaster. The best thing that could happen for Obama is for the REPUBLICAN to win and kill this bill, that is the only hope Obama has for a second term. If the disaster of a bill passes he most certainly done.

    January 19, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. nomorepoliticsplease

    I hate to burst the collective conservatve republican bubble here, but I truly do not think that the American electorate is ready to return to "republican rule". What it really comes right down to is that the woman was a bad choice for that seat. Perhaps, God willing, what we will be seeing is a swing in the direction of common sense.....choosing the best individual that serves the common interest of the voters of any given area REGARDLESS of party affiliation. NEWSFLASH: the people are SICK OF POLITICAL GAMES!!!!! We want to be REPRESENTED. period. Maybe before the 2010 elections we will actually see some candidates that are not beholden to either the Repubs or Dems? HEY, OUT THERE, ARE YOU LISTENING? WE WANT ANOTHER CHOICE!!

    January 19, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Matt

    The hope for the future in America lies in electing Scott Brown.

    The people of Massachusetts need to end their loyalty to democrats and reach out to real hope, and real change!

    January 19, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Fran

    Why do they say that health care hinges on this one person in the senate?

    Because they don't want to use bipartisanship and work across the aisle!

    The democrats in Congress rubberstamping everything Obama demands has to end!!

    January 19, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. LacrosseMom

    Godspeed Mr. Brown. Please save this nation...

    January 19, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Bob in Pa

    I think Dems want to lose this seat because it will take so much heat off them and their Healthcare debacle. They will be able to sit back and say, look it's all the Republicans fault that we can't get anything done.

    59 or 60 seats is the same thing. If it was good legislation that was wanted by the majority of Americans, it would pass. It will also give them their rallying cry for 2010.

    January 19, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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