Getting the latest health reform package through Congress could take months, members of the House Democratic Caucus told reporters.
At a news briefing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the White House’s new reform blueprint was “getting a good reception” among members of the House Democratic Caucus. “We have a lot more work to do” to get all Democrats onboard with the legislation, she acknowledged.
Getting agreement on, and passage of a bill could take “a couple of months,” but it needs to get done, said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), who co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “Dragging this out will accomplish nothing.”
In another estimate, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said a bill may not get to the president’s desk until Easter.