Weiner: Health Care May Be "Dead" if Brown Wins

By Jake Sherman
|  Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010  |  Updated 9:15 AM EDT
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Weiner: Health Care May Be "Dead" if Brown Wins

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Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is the latest pessimist on the Democratic side of the aisle, saying health care may be "dead" if Republican Scott Brown wins the Massachusetts Senate race.

“I think you can make a pretty good argument that health care might be dead,” Weiner said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Weiner, one of the House’s more progressive members, said “it’s going to be very hard” to ask members of the House to vote for the Senate bill – what some believe would be a likely scenario if Democrats lose the Massachusetts Senate seat.

The New York legislator’s gripes are likely to continue to emerge from some of the more progressive members of the House, who will be hard-pressed to vote for the Senate’s far more moderate legislation. They have compromised too far already, many liberal Democrats say.

But that could be the Hail Mary for health-care overhaul if Scott Brown bests Martha Coakley Tuesday in what is shaping up to be one of the more shocking elections in the last decade.

“I’d have a very difficult time doing that,” Weiner said about voting “yes” the Senate’s bill.

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