In yesterday’s elections, Scott Brown won the election for Massachusetts’s empty Senate seat. In his acceptance speech, he ripped the healthcare reform legislation under consideration by the House and Senate reconciliation committee.
Here is Scott Brown’s acceptance speech:
The Democrats are now in a quandary with what to do with Obamacare. The House can pass the Senate version unchanged, which is political suicide for many of the House Democrats. Or continue on with the reconciliation, which Senate-elect Brown will oppose (and vote against) in the voting on the reconciled legislation. The last tactic would be to hurry up with the reconciliation and hold the vote before Senate-elect Brown is seated. And this last will have the effect of a full-blown revolution against the Democrats in both Congressional Houses.
Realizing this, at least one Democrat, Sen. Jim Webb (VA) said it would "only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Brown is seated." Furthermore, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) also said it might be time to take a time-out on health care reform and focus on jobs.
However, I don’t think that the Democrats are going to give up that easily. I certainly hope that Scott Brown’s election puts the brakes on this massive Charlie-Foxed piece of FUBARed legislation.