Fearing Defeat In Mass., Democrats Looking To Push Health Care Through House

03/21/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • The New York Times

WASHINGTON -- The White House and Democratic Congressional leaders, scrambling for a backup plan to rescue their health care legislation if Republicans win the special election in Massachusetts on Tuesday, have begun laying the groundwork to ask House Democrats to approve the Senate version of the bill and send it directly to President Obama for his signature.

A victory by the Republican, Scott Brown, in Massachusetts would deny Democrats the 60th vote they need in the Senate to surmount Republican filibusters and advance the health legislation.

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