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Locals react to Massachusetts special election

Stephen Grooms waits to see what happens with the healthcare bill after Republican candidate Scott Brown wins the empty Massachusetts senate seat. Stephen Grooms waits to see what happens with the healthcare bill after Republican candidate Scott Brown wins the empty Massachusetts senate seat.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - "I was very surprised because they've been a Democratic state for a long time now."

Auburn Montgomery Junior, Stephen Grooms and others are reacting to Republican Scott Brown's historic win for the empty Massachusetts senate seat in the United States Senate. 

"I was surprised...shocked," adds Auburn Montgomery student, Melinda Ligeon.

Now Grooms waits to see how a Republican win there might affect the congressional healthcare bill and his future as a chiropractic student.

"You don't know what's going to happen and you might not get insurance covering chiropractic anymore which is something that I mean, people aren't going to go to chiropractic if that happens," adds Grooms.

Grooms and others like Associate Political Science Professor Bradley Moody believe the win presents a challenge for Democrats.

"It's going to make it more difficult for the Democrats to enact healthcare reform," he says.

"That means they're basically going to filibuster the healthcare now," adds Grooms.

It was an election some say sent a strong message to the Obama administration and one that will cause Democratic senators to re-think the bill.

"Maybe it's a voice coming that's been starting and it bubbled up there," adds Ligeon.

Still Grooms says the uncertainty in Washington makes his career choice that much harder.

"It's a big question...it's a big what if."  

The election forced Democrats to reconsider healthcare options and scale down the proposal to something more lawmakers could agree on.

Right now, no decisions have been made.

They're looking at limiting insurance companies from denying people with pre-existing medical problems.

They're also considering a provision to allow young adults to stay on their parent's policies.

President Obama announced that congress must wait for Brown to be sworn into office before moving forward with healthcare reform.

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