Senate leaders in a meeting today with President Barack Obama discussed alternatives to a government-backed health plan, with the White House signaling flexibility on several options except for one: the timeline. Were shopping, Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), who is chairing the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee in the absence of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), told reporters.
Dodd said that Obama urged the committees to keep working. The one thing he said he wouldn't accept is not getting the job done. To be sure, a public health plan is still an option, Dodd said, but vocal Republican opposition has forced several more options to emerge.