The president, in Montana on Friday and Colorado on Saturday, has so far taken care not to alienate 'New West' swing states. But rumblings are nonetheless afoot.
The president visited the senator's home state Friday, even as Baucus works to get GOP support for healthcare reform. Both men are being blasted from the left and the right.
And he has high praise for Max Baucus, the state's U.S. Senator who heads the crucial Senate Finance Committee.
Finance Committee chairman Baucus tries for bipartisanship. But critics in his own party worry that could weaken overhaul legislation - especially provisions for children.
In a meeting with the president Tuesday, Senate Democrats agree to work with Republicans on a bipartisan bill – but only until the middle of September.
A bipartisan group of six senators worked Tuesday to hammer out a deal. But both parties worry that they will find the final product unacceptable.
A bipartisan group of senators met Tuesday to hash out details. The same panel helped President Bush to his first major legislative victory.
Dire pronouncements aside, the process is just getting started, with legislation at a formative stage and Obama yet to offer his plan.
His idea of a public insurance plan to compete with private ones is meeting resistance. Will the alternative of health insurance 'cooperatives' suffice?