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Scott Brown on healthcare reform: whole plan should be scrapped

Scott Brown said Sunday that he would work with President Obama on pocketbook issues like $33 billion in tax cuts to businesses that hire. But he sees no future for the healthcare reform bill.

Republican Senator-elect Scott Brown speaks to a reporter at his state senate office at the Statehouse in Boston, Thursday. Brown appeared on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

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Massachusetts’ newly elected Republican senator, Scott Brown, was not in attendance at the meeting between President Obama and House Republicans Friday. But on Sunday, he spoke as if he was ready to help Mr. Obama turn the country around.

“I want to be able to provide, you know, my knowledge and my energy to helping,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Mr. Brown won the Massachusetts race in part by distancing himself from the Republican party to win over independents – calling himself a “Scott Brown Republican." It was, in many respects the key to his victory, with independents outnumbering Democrats or Republicans in Massachusetts.

He sought to continue to carve out that independent identity Sunday.

In some respects, he persisted in railing at the Washington establishment under Obama. Asked if the entire healthcare reform deal now before Congress should be scrapped, he replied: “Yes.”


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