Democratic leadership aides say they have ruled out pushing the health care bill through Congress before Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown is seated, in the event that he wins. Democrats also saw little chance of courting moderate Republicans to support the bill. A Republican victory in a state as Democratic as Massachusetts would leave the GOP with no reason to negotiate with Democrats. “They’ve got us in their crosshairs,” one Senate Democratic aide said.
“The American people oppose Washington Democrats’ plan for a variety of reasons, including the tax hikes and Medicare cuts, but above all they simply don’t want a government takeover of health care,” House Minority Leader John Boehner said Monday.