Brown: ‘It’s Important for Everyone to Get Some Form of Health Care’

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm

BOSTON — At his first press conference as senator-elect from Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown hued pretty closely to the rhetoric of his campaign and welcomed questions about what his win meant for the future of the GOP. And asked what parts of health care reform he wanted to pass this year, Brown spoke vaguely about the value of expanded coverage while saying it should be left to the states.

“Let the states tell the federal government, hey, this is what we’d like to do,” said Brown. “Just so we’re past campaign mode, I think it’s important for everyone to get some form of health care, so to offer a basic plan for everybody I think is important.” He pointed out that he’d voted for this state’s health care mandate, but he saw his role “as the 41st senator” to bring the reform bill “back to the drawing board.”

After Fox News’s Carl Cameron asked what side of the GOP’s ideological tussle he’d take as the party’s “poster boy,” Brown mused about working between party lines and blowing off Washington chatter.

“Maybe there’s a new breed of Republican coming to Washington,” Brown said. “I hear all these discussions about someone who said this, or someone who wrote this in their book. My response is: Who cares? We have terrorists trying to blow us up in Afghanistan.”

Brown quickly dealt with, and brushed aside, questions about when he might be seated. He’d filed the requisite paperwork with the secretary of state, was confident that absentee ballots would not diminish the margin of victory to the point where it was in question, and would pay a courtesy call to senators tomorrow.

Brown was vague on what he’d do when he got to the Senate, suggesting that he could “offer guidance as to what we’ve done here in Massachusetts” and work across party lines. The only clear sign he gave of his other intentions was a warning about some expiring Bush tax cuts–he wanted to save them.

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SGWB
Comment posted January 20, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

The REAL winner of yesterday's Massachusetts Senate race could well be Levi Johnston, who can now use Scott Brown's nude Cosmo centerfold as ammunition against Bristol Palin's contention that his own posing for Playgirl photos contributes to his unfitness to have even partial custody of their baby!


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monkey99
Comment posted January 20, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

As long as protectionism for the HII and big pharma exist in the Senate, with Senators getting richer at our expense, there is no meaningful healthcare reform, and will be none until that changes. Brown's statement is disingenuous. Coupled with McConnell's statement about non-cooperation, why is this news?

Let's see if his statement about “working across party lines” comes true.


strangely_enough
Comment posted January 20, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

I think that depends on whether “working across party lines” involves more than voting with Lieberman and McCain…


lady_normajean
Comment posted January 20, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

He could change all the hate out there if he shows compasion for people instead of insurance companys


vabelle
Comment posted January 20, 2010 @ 7:03 pm

Scott Brown hued pretty closely to the rhetoric [...]

Hewed? “Hued” might have been OK for a Teabagger, but I expect better than that from you, David :)


monkey99
Comment posted January 20, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

I'll wait for the return of the repeal of the anti-trust law concerning the HII. There's an item where he can't hide. Oh, let's not forget economic reforms.

He plays it like a man of the people, so let's see just how much “of the people” he REALLY is…..


strangely_enough
Comment posted January 20, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

I think that depends on whether “working across party lines” involves more than voting with Lieberman and McCain…


lady_normajean
Comment posted January 20, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

He could change all the hate out there if he shows compasion for people instead of insurance companys


vabelle
Comment posted January 21, 2010 @ 12:03 am

Scott Brown hued pretty closely to the rhetoric [...]

Hewed? “Hued” might have been OK for a Teabagger, but I expect better than that from you, David :)


monkey99
Comment posted January 21, 2010 @ 1:25 am

I'll wait for the return of the repeal of the anti-trust law concerning the HII. There's an item where he can't hide. Oh, let's not forget economic reforms.

He plays it like a man of the people, so let's see just how much “of the people” he REALLY is…..


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