Enzi: There’s No September 15 Health Care Deadline

Last week, after admitting that his failing health care negotiations won’t produce reform legislation in the Senate Finance Committee before August recess, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) erected a new deadline–September 15–and now, he says, he’ll produce a bill with or without Republicans.

That bill may have to be written “without Republicans.”

“I have not and will not agree to an artificial deadline because I am committed to getting healthcare reform right, not finishing a bill by some arbitrary date,” said Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) in a statement today. Enzi’s one of six key Finance Committee negotiators hashing out a consensus bill. He’s also a deeply conservative Republican, under pressure from leaders in his party to slow down or kill discussions–and he appears to be doing a bang-up job.