Exclusive: President Obama Says Voter Anger, Frustration Key to Republican Victory in Massachusetts Senate

"I think it is very important for the House to make its determinations. I think, right now, they're feeling obviously unsettled and there were a bunch of provisions in the Senate bill that they didn't like, and so I can't force them to do that," he said.

"Now I will tell you," he added, "and I've said this before, that the House and the Senate bill overlap about 90 percent. And so, it does seem to me that there should be a way of, after all this work and all this pain, there should be a way of taking what's best in both bills and going ahead and getting that done."

Brown campaigned against the legislation that the Senate passed with a straight partisan vote on Christmas Eve. Even some prominent Democratic leaders have said that his victory signals the death of the health care bill.

Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insisted today that the Democrats' plan for a health care overhaul will move forward.

"We will move forward with those considerations in mind, but we will move forward," Pelosi, D-Calif., told the U.S. Conference of Mayors today. She did not specify what Plan B is.

Reid would only vaguely say, "There are a lot of different options out there."

Read excerpts of the exclusive interview here.

ABC News' Huma Khan contributed to this report.

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