The Senate Finance Committee hopes to produce the last of Congress's five draft healthcare bills this week. Then begins the difficult process of melding them together.
No Republican has signed on yet to the healthcare "compromise" plan released Wednesday by Senate Finance Committee chair Max Baucus.
As Obama calls on Congress to pass reform, the Democrats are still split on the need for a public health insurance option.
In addition to healthcare, there are two wars, Iran, North Korea, and climate change, plus the economy.
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.
At a time when the threat of filibusters is constant, GOP Senators Enzi, Snowe, and Grassley can wield tremendous influence.
The House Speaker needs to address public concerns about changing the system. So do lawmakers headed home for their August break.
Dire pronouncements aside, the process is just getting started, with legislation at a formative stage and Obama yet to offer his plan.
Estimates that a government-run plan could cost $1.6 trillion mean it won't pass Congress, said Sen. Lindsey Graham Sunday.
Price will be a major factor in winning bipartisan support, and the public insurance option could be a sticking point too.