Sen. Brown lashes out at healthcare push in weekly Republican address

The newest member of the Senate urged Democrats to drop their plans to overhaul healthcare reform and instead focus on jobs.

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said Saturday that his election should have sent a message to Congress that Americans aren't happy with Democrats' legislative priorities.


"From my travels and conversation with people throughout this country, they told me that they want their president and Congress to focus on creating jobs and reviving America’s economy," Brown said in the GOP weekly address. "Instead, for more than a year now, we have seen a bitter, destructive, and endless drive to completely transform America’s healthcare system."

Brown called the healthcare reform process a "disastrous detour" and said that "an entire year has gone to waste" thanks to Democrats.

He also accused Democrats of subverting the legislative process in a last-ditch effort to get legislation to the president's desk.

“They pledged a true bipartisan effort," Brown said. "Instead, they have resorted to bending the rules, and they now intend to seize control of healthcare in America on a strict party-line vote."

The Massachusetts Republican said Democrats should scrap their proposals and start over on a more bipartisan solution.

“This, above all, was the message that the people of my state sent to the president and the Congress in the election over a month ago," he said.