Scott Brown: Dems Wasted Year on 'Bitter' Health Reform

'Destructive, endless drive' needs to be scrapped
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 13, 2010 5:36 AM CST
Sen. Scott Brown talks to reporters on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, March 9, 2010, before attending the weekly caucus luncheons.    (Harry Hamburg)

(Newser) – Scott Brown accused President Obama and Democrats today of a "bitter, destructive, and endless" drive to pass health overhaul legislation that Brown warned would be disastrous. "An entire year has gone to waste," Brown said in the weekly GOP radio address. "Somehow, the greater the public opposition to the health care bill, the more determined they seem to force it on us anyway."

Democrats are now pushing for final passage before Easter. Brown, as a state senator, voted in favor of Massachusetts' universal-coverage law, which has a number of features in common with the Democrats' legislation. But he campaigned on a promise to be the Republicans' crucial 41st vote. "We need to drop this whole scheme of federally controlled health care, start over, and work together on real reforms at the state level that will contain costs and won't leave America trillions of dollars deeper in debt," Brown said.

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