Democrats Brace for Possibility of Tailspin Over Health Care Bill –

Democrats are still sounding resolute, but are bracing for the worst if a special election in Massachusetts puts a Republican in the Senate and the health insurance bill in peril.

Congressional Democrats are meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, but the acrimony is starting to reveal itself as Democrats speak more and more in terms of who mismanaged the debate.

If GOP state Sen. Scott Brown defeats Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley in Tuesday’s election, it would put the seat held by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the hands of a committed opponent of the bill and deprive Democrats of the 60-vote majority needed to pass health care in the Senate.

Other alternatives, like a process called reconciliation are still on the table and would require only 51 votes in the Senate instead of 60.But that would mean rewriting the bill in such a way it could be treated as a budget measure and that means issues like preventing insurance companies from excluding pre-existing conditions would be taken off the table.

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