Obama Urges Senate to Hold Off on Health Care

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President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to hold off on healthcare reform until Senator-elect Scott Scott Brown, R-Mass., is seated.

The newly-elected Massachusetts senator is expected to begin making his rounds on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Before the election, Democrats had threatened to delay Brown's swearing-in until after the health bill passed. But now, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he will seat Brown first.

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"We're not going to rush into anything," Reid said. "As you've heard, we're going to wait until the new senator arrives before we do anything more on health care."

Obama and his congressional allies have signaled they are scaling back on healthcare reform in the wake of Brown's stunning victory Tuesday. The Republican's upset in liberal Massachusetts surprised both parties and even the president.

"The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office," Obama told ABC News. "People are angry and they're frustrated."

In Washington, there is now a sense that if Brown could take Massachusetts, Republicans can probably win anywhere this year. Brown himself is portraying his win as more of a backlash against Washington politics -- and less of a referendum on Obama or health care.

Obama told ABC News he has made mistakes.

"If there's one thing I regret this year it's that we were so busy getting things done that I think we lost that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are," he said.

Speaking to those core values will be more important than ever for Democrat's in this year's elections. The party holding the White House historically loses seats in midterms. And the economy will no doubt challenge Democrats as well.

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