Sen. Brown files bill to modify health care legislation

Matt Viser
The Boston Globe

WASHINGTON – Senator Scott Brown this morning filed legislation that would allow states to opt out of certain portions of President Obama’s health care plan earlier than expected.

Brown, a Massachusetts Republican who rode into office on a wave of anger over the federal health care legislation, filed the bill with Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon.

The filing of the legislation is significant because it illustrates that Brown is trying to work with Democrats to make targeted changes to the health care law while top Republicans have largely focused only on repealing the entire law, not tinkering with it.

“We’re just going through it, trying to make it better. Trying to fix the problems,” Brown said in a brief interview earlier this week…

…Brown aides insist that he remains adamantly opposed to the health care law and still wants to repeal it. But in the meantime, he’s signing onto several pieces of legislation to make changes to the law.

“Like everyone else, he is waiting to see what the leadership in the Senate is going to propose,” said his spokeswoman, Gail Gitcho. “Right now he is doing what he can.”

Brown on Monday also signed on as a cosponsor to legislation filed by Senator Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, that would change a tax provision that small businesses have found burdensome because it requires too much paperwork.

Eight others have co-sponsored the bill, but Brown is the only Republican…

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