Everyone is talking about the Massachusetts election between Coakley and Brown and I know many people are scratching their heads as to why this election is so close given the nature of such a blue state…well I think the simple answer is – Massachusetts already has health care so why on earth would they risk higher taxes given the fact that they are already set up.
Brown said, “The health care bill that’s being proposed in Washington is broken,” BrownThe back-room deals, Nebraska, Louisiana, we all know about it. We need to start over.” He added a short while later: “I would be proud to be the 41st vote, and go back to the drawing board.”
Coakley responded. “I would be proud to be the 60th vote,” she said, and discussed the importance of passing a health care bill. “As Sen. Kennedy said, it should be a right, not a privilege. I believe that doing it in Washington, and doing it incrementally is apparently how we will do it, we can lay the groundwork.”
Brown shot back that Massachusetts shouldn’t vote for national health care reform, because they already have an insurance reform program. “We have insurance here in Massachusetts. We have some of the best doctors, nurses and hospitals in the country, that’s why people come here,” he said. “Not only is this bill going to be bad for the state, my job is to be the senator from Massachusetts. I’m not going to be subsidizing for the next three, five years, pick a number, subsidizing what other states have failed to do.”
So what will happen tomorrow is anyone’s guess, but its certainly one worth taking an interest in.