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Frank Backs Away From the Health Care Bill

January 19, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The most surprising and most significant statement from a member of Congress tonight following the Massachusetts Senate results came from the influential, generally progressive Rep. Barney Frank [D, MA-4]:

I am hopeful that some Republican senators will be willing to discuss a revised version of health care reform. Because I do not think that 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.

Read the full quote, which first appeared on the Rachel Maddow show, here.

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  • MDNeedels 01/20/2010 8:12am

    Why assume that the vote in Massachusetts speaks for the entire nation? For that matter, why assume that the votes for Brown were all in opposition to the health care plan? Those who hoped for a moderate bipartisan health care plan are frustrated by the lock-step opposition to any bill that would give credit to the Democrats or President Obama. As seen in the Dole/Gingrich contract on America policy of the first Clinton administration, this ploy may give the Republicans more seats in Congress but does not indicate that the health needs of American citizens will be of any more interest to them then when they have had control of the government in the past.

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