BOSTON (AP) — A panicky White House and Democrats are scrambling to salvage their health care bill if a Republican wins Tuesday’s Senate race in Massachusetts.
A victory by Scott Brown over Democrat Martha Coakley would give Senate Republicans enough to block the bill with a filibuster.
A newly discussed fallback would require House Democrats to approve the Senate-passed bill without changes. President Barack Obama could sign it into law without another Senate vote. House leaders would urge the Senate to make changes later under a complex plan the would require only a simple majority.