Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who has unveiled a health care reform bill of his own, said any hope of reaching a bipartisan consensus depends on Obama if bipartisanship is something the president desires. Burr predicted that health care reform would fail absent Obamas push for a bill that can be embraced by Democrats and Republicans.
Im not sure that hes playing a role, Burr said. The process up here has been less than bipartisan. This is all about process; its not about reaching a consensus. At some point the president has to weigh in with either what his plan is or what the process is going to be, if in fact he wants a bill that he could sign.
If not, Burr added, the weight of where this is going the American people will kill long before the president gets hold of it.