ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says Democrats will charge ahead with health care reform regardless of what happens in the Massachusetts Senate race.
"Let's remove all doubt, we will have health care -- one way or another," Pelosi told reporters in San Francisco.
But how? The Speaker was less clear on that question.
"Certainly the dynamic would change depending on what happens in Massachusetts," Pelosi said. "[It’s] just a question about how we would proceed. But it doesn't mean we won't have a health care bill."
Privately, Democratic Congressional leaders are less certain. The most likely scenario, and one preferred by the White House, is for the House to simply pick up and pass the bill that passed the Senate on Christmas Eve. But House Democrats say they can’t do that because they simply don’t have the votes to pass Senate bill (recall that House passed its own bill by a narrow 220-215 margin, and since then, one of those 220, Democrat Robert Wexler, has left the House and won’t be replaced until April).
Speculating on the impact of Republican victory, one Democratic leadership aide in the Senate told me today, ““The most likely outcome is that health care reform dies.”
Video of Speaker Pelosi’s remarks can be found HERE , on the San Chronicle’s website.