• Editorial

US healthcare reform is in the dustbin. Can one state’s senatorial election really scuttle the whole thing?

Citation

Kamerow, D. (2010). US healthcare reform is in the dustbin. Can one state’s senatorial election really scuttle the whole thing? BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 340, c500. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.c500

Abstract

The initial conventional wisdom about the race for the late Edward Kennedy’s US Senate seat was that there was no chance that the Republican candidate, Scott Brown, could defeat the Massachusetts attorney general, the Democrat Martha Coakley. It’s a heavily Democratic state, it was Kennedy’s seat for almost 50 years, and it was crucial for the Democrats to maintain their 60-40 advantage in the US Senate.