03/24/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Van Hollen: Senate Health Care Bill 'Unacceptable In Its Current Form'

In a strikingly candid assessment of the politics of health care, DCCC chief Chris Van Hollen said in an interview that the Senate bill's brand may be irrevocably tarnished, particularly among independents -- and confirmed that partly for this reason, Dem leaders may pass a new set of reforms via reconciliation, which could be repackaged free of the Senate bill's taint.

Van Hollen also added that it would be a mistake for Dems to pretend the unpopularity of the Senate reform proposals wasn't a factor in the Massachusetts loss.

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