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Scott Brown: 'Shame on Democrats' for Whining About Obamacare Now

Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 12:25 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

Former Sen. Scott Brown on Wednesday called out Democrats who say they're "shocked" to learn of people losing health insurance due to the grandfather clause in Obamacare.

"Shame on them," Brown said.

"The Democrats didn't vote (when the law was passed) to allow for the grandfathering, and they didn't vote on one amendment to try to make it better and fix these problems. So shame on them now, coming back three years later saying, 'Oh, we tried to do this, and we're shocked. We're shocked,'" the Massachusetts Republican said on "Fox & Friends."

Brown pointed to specificDemocrats, pivotal in the law's passage in 2010, who also voted against amendments about a grandfather clause, now "feigning shock" about problems with the healthcare law.

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"Now you have (Louisiana Sen. Mary) Landrieu, and (New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne) Shaheen, and (Arkansas Sen. David) Pryor, and (Alaska Sen. Mark) Begich, and others feigning shock that they're surprised. These are the people that were the deciding votes, and voted against the amendments to allow the grandfathering," he said.

President Barack Obama's explanation for how people can keep their current health insurance — if it hasn't changed since the law was passed in 2010 —is "political double talk."

"People, hopefully, are smarter than that," he said. "Bottom line is, there is a credibility problem. He misled the people, the administration, the Democrats who are pushing this."
Brown also addressed his possible presidential ambitions for 2016, stopping short of saying he would run. But, he noted, "I think there is a role for me to talk about how we can do it better.

"Because, right now, there is a void of leadership. And, the 'Us-versus-them,' 'Haves-versus-have-nots,' '99-to-1 (percent)' — there is so much division in this country," he said.
"We have to find a way to come up with a message as Republicans. Bring that message forward together. And then convince the American people of what we're going to do."

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