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Election of Republican senator derails US healthcare reform

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 22 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c463
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The election of Scott Brown, a Republican, to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat held for 46 years by the Democrat Ted Kennedy has disrupted President Barack Obama’s plan for healthcare reform.

    Mr Kennedy, who died in August, had made health care for all Americans one of his lifelong goals.

    The House of Representatives and the Senate had both passed healthcare reform bills extending care to at least 30 million of America’s 46 million uninsured citizens. The next step would have been to reconcile the two bills and then have the reconciled bill passed by the House and Senate and signed by the president (BMJ 2010;340:c173, doi:10.1136/bmj.c173).

    That will not …

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