President Obama’s Oct. 15th Deadline “increasingly difficult”

This lead from Roll Call, pretty much sums up the state of the health care morass:

“Senate Democratic leaders’ hopes of approving health care reform before adjourning for the August recess appear all but dead, with the prospect of meeting President Barack Obama’s demand for a bill on his desk by Oct. 15 looking increasingly difficult.”

Senator Dodd confirmed what everyone already knew:

“Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), managing the health care bill in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, signaled late last week that Democratic leaders do not expect a bill to clear the Senate in the next five weeks. Rather, Dodd indicated, the goal is to complete the tricky merger of the HELP and Finance Committee bills, with the floor fracas over a final bill put off until after Labor Day.”

The issue, as always, is money.  Here is an interesting article from Politico, titled:  “Drug deal may be bad trip for Democrats” which further details another issue of intra-Democratic Party battles, this time over how to deal with prescription drugs.

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