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WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut is suggesting that Democrats take a month or more off from working on health care legislation to regroup in the wake of Tuesday’s election loss in Massachusetts.
His comments are the latest sign that Republican Scott Brown’s Senate victory has thrown President Barack Obama and Democrats completely off-track in their quest to remake the nation’s health care system.
Dodd led the Senate’s health committee as it passed sweeping legislation last year.
Just a week ago the legislation appeared on the cusp of completion. Now that Democrats have lost their filibuster-proof Senate majority there’s no clear path forward. Dodd told reporters Friday that Obama and Democrats should “maybe take a breather for a month, six weeks” and work on other issues.