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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.