When Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) took the microphone, he expressed the same optimism about passing a bill. But he suggested the reforms he says will pass next week won't be the ones many health care reform advocates were hoping for.
"It's always easier to envision the bill you want than it is to pass the bill you want," Dodd said.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) highlighted what could be the new talking point about the Democratic reform bill. "This is the biggest tax cut since 2001," he said, referring to the tax credits and subsidies included in the legislation. He too was confident that something related to health care reform will pass soon.
"I know we're going to pass health care insurance reform for all Americans," Baucus said.