MA loss costs Dems 60th health care vote

WASHINGTON - (AP) - A stunning loss in Massachusetts has cost President Barack Obama and the Democrats the 60-vote Senatemajority they've needed to push health care overhaul to the vergeof enactment.

Now what? For Democrats, it's miles of bad road in anydirection.

Obama and party leaders anxiously worked through fallbackoptions - none good - for salvaging the half-century quest toprovide health insurance to all Americans.

Democrats don't appear to have enough time to resolvedifferences between the House and Senate bills - and get cost andcoverage estimates back from the Congressional Budget Office -before Republican Scott Brown is sworn in.

That leaves House Democrats with the unpalatable option ofpassing a Senate bill many disagree with.

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