Plus, several Democrats said the time-consuming talks have put Democrats in a pickle from a public relations perspective, as recent polls have shown support for their handling of the issue falling.
If we cant articulate what this health care bill means for middle-class, working American families, we will never ever pass health insurance reform, said another Democratic source. Hopefully, thats what the president will explain and Members of Congress will begin to explain, but we need to have a bill to work from.
Several Democrats also complained that the six negotiators are from mostly rural states and do not represent the bulk of the U.S. population.
That is a real problem, even when the intentions are meant, said a Democratic Senator.
But Conrad said the six Senators are very aware of that, and were trying to come up with a proposal that will resonate with colleagues all across the country. Its not a bill thats being written for the six people in the room.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.