Today, U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) released the following statement after the Senate passed the health care reconciliation legislation:
"My election in January deprived the Democrats of their 60th vote, and forced them to resort to a parliamentary maneuver known as reconciliation to ram this bill through Congress. While we all support improving our health care system, today's vote proves that the majority party will stop at nothing to force their disastrous health care plan onto a nation that doesn't want it, can't afford it, and that is not good for my state.
"I am strongly opposed to the trillions of dollars in spending, the billions of dollars in tax increases and the enormous financial burden it will put on Massachusetts families and businesses. The simple fact is that this bill will hurt jobs and the economy in our state at a time when unemployment remains near ten percent. The American people deserve better and our economy deserves better. I will work in the Senate to repeal the worst parts of this bill and replace it with legislation that will actually help lower health care costs for Massachusetts families without affecting our citizens' care, hurting our businesses or putting our country further into debt."