A Six-Week ‘Breather’ on Health Care Reform?
So suggests Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who ushered the Democrats’ health reform bill through the Senate HELP Committee last summer. Party leaders have been scrambling for ways to pass some version of their sweeping reform proposals in the wake of Scott Brown’s astonishing Senate victory in Massachusetts Tuesday.
Today, Dodd told reporters that the best course might be to “take a breather [from health care] for a month, six weeks,” The Hill reports. That would allow Democrats to move on to legislation addressing double digit unemployment. But how it would help them to pass health reform remains to be seen. In fact, it would only allow critics more time to drum up further opposition among voters — a sport at which they’ve been pretty good up to now.