Senate leaders on the health reform front on Monday again failed to find common ground over an option that would foster a public health plan, with one Democrat stopping just short of calling negotiations gridlocked.
I wouldnt say its an impasse, but I would say there was not yet a meeting of the minds, thats for sure, said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who drafted several potential blueprints for a public plan. But, theres a desire to work to get there.
The comments were made after a closed-door meeting of the so-called Board of Directors, an informal and bipartisan group of senators that includes leaders from the Finance Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Budget Committee. Other key healthcare players also attend.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the senior Republican on the Finance subcommittee on health, lauded what he called a good faith effort to negotiate, but said that a public plan would isolate the GOP members and their votes.