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Conservatives are hailing Tuesday's election upset in Massachusetts and citing it as evidence that Americans are frustrated and want change.
"The American people have become angry and frustrated by the policies of President Obama and Speaker Pelosi and the arrogant way they have completely disregarded the voice of the people," commented the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition. "Tonight a second American Revolution has begun in the great state of Massachusetts."
Scott Brown won a Senate seat in Massachusetts, becoming the first Republican to win a Senate race in the Bay State since 1972. His win gives his party enough members to block legislation, including the current health care reform bill, in the Senate.
Mahoney believes the American public is not comfortable with the current bill, especially with provisions that would allow taxpayer dollars to cover abortion. Though both health care bills passed by the House and Senate bar the use of federal funds to pay for an abortion, the Senate version has been criticized for its weak language.
Conservatives accuse legislators of ignoring the will of the people and say the health care plan being pushed is not what most Americans want. And now the people are biting back.
The latest Rasmussen Reports survey, released Monday, shows that 56 percent of voters nationwide oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. Earlier polls by CNN and CBS News have found that a majority of Americans are specifically against the use of federal money for abortions.
Wendy Wright, president of Washington-based Concerned Women for America, says the Massachusetts voters clearly demonstrated their opposition to "ObamaCare."
"Massachusetts' citizens know what ObamaCare would be like – their state passed oppressive health care 'reform' that subsidizes abortions. They're paying the high prices and getting less health care because of it," said Wright.
Formerly, the Massachusetts Senate seat was held for decades by the late Edward Kennedy, who long pushed for an overhaul of the health care system.