The Democrats are faced with narrowing options after a Republican victory in Massachusetts robbed them of the 60th Senate vote which would have aided the progress of Obama's healthcare reforms.
As US President Barack Obama and his party are left reeling on Wednesday from the party’s stinging loss in the Massachusetts Senate election, the question hot on the lips of voters and political analysts alike is: what next for healthcare reform?
A pragmatic approach floated in top Democratic circles would consist of pushing through specific elements of healthcare reform that could be passed in the new Senate – even without the Democratic supermajority of 60. "We do believe there are some very good things in the bill that we can get passed," House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday, as a reform that was until yesterday on track to become a historic Democratic victory hung precariously in the balance.
Date created : 2010-01-20