Scott Brown Swearing-in Would be Stalled to Pass Health Care Reform
Scott Brown, state senator from Massachusetts, running for the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat, if elected would be the 41st vote in the Senate to block the health care reform bill. Currently Brown, staunch opponent of same-sex marriage, is 9 points behind the front-runner, Martha Coakley, state Attorney General and is putting forth a full-court press between now and the Jan. 19 election. Volunteers are making 25,000 calls to voters daily.
Though not a Catholic, Brown and his family have a strong relationship with an order of Cistercian nuns at Mt. St. Mary’s Abbey in Wrentham, MA. The nuns pray for the Brown family daily which prompted Brown to remark, “When you have nuns praying for you three times a day and you’re not Catholic, anything that anybody can do or say about me, it’s Teflon. It bounces right off.’’
It looks like the fix is in on national health-care reform – and it all may unfold on Beacon Hill.
At a business forum in Boston Friday, interim Sen. Paul Kirk predicted that Congress would pass a health-care reform bill this month.
“We want to get this resolved before President Obama’s State of the Union address in early to mid-February,” Kirk told reporters at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
The longtime aide and confidant of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was handpicked by Gov. Deval Patrick after a controversial legal change to hold Kennedy’s seat, vowed to vote for the bill even if Republican state Sen. Scott Brown, who opposes the health-care reform legislation, prevails in a Jan. 19 special election.
“Absolutely,” Kirk said, when asked if he’d vote for the bill, even if Brown captures the seat. “It would be my responsibility as United States senator, representing the people and understanding Senator Kennedy’s agenda. . . . I think you’re asking me a hypothetical question but I’d be pleased to vote for the bill.”
Few have considered the Jan. 19 election as key to the fate of national health-care reform because both Kirk and front-runner state Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic nominee, have vowed to uphold Kennedy’s legacy and support health-care reform.
But if Brown wins, the entire national health-care reform debate may hinge on when he takes over as senator. Brown has vowed to be the crucial 41st vote in the Senate that would block the bill.