Key senators on Tuesday said that President Barack Obama wants to sign a healthcare reform bill in early October, a quick-paced deadline for legislation that still has several hurdles to overcomeincluding some that threaten to divide the parties. The timeline was relayed to Democratic members from the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee--both law-writing committees--and is the most ambitious one yet set by an administration eager to pass what it sees as its signature achievement.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), said that Obama told the members to be unflinching and unflagging, as they move towards drafting and negotiating legislation.
The comments were made just prior to a closed-door meeting where Democratic members of the HELP Committee hashed through expected legislative text that focused primarily on prevention.