Republicans pressed Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) to release the final details on the employer mandate and public plan options of the legislation being considered in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Dodd, who is chairing the panel in absence of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), assured GOP committee members that everyone would have adequate time next week to respond to whatever we put out on the key coverage options of the bill, with an opportunity for the Congressional Budget Office to brief members on the new language.
The American public doesnt want lawmakers to slow down on negotiations, Democrats on the panel said. GOP members didnt agree. I have never seen a process where were expected to amend a bill where the key elements have never been seen, said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who recommended that Dodd delay the CBO briefing if the new provisions werent released by Monday, to give committee members ample time to review the language first. McCains comments were made during HELP negotiations on the bill.