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Schumer Threatens Republicans Have Until September, Enzi Responds

Bloomberg reports:

(Sen. Chuck) Schumer said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus set a Sept. 15 deadline for getting a bipartisan agreement among six senators on the finance panel who are negotiating a deal.

“If we cannot produce a bipartisan solution by then, you have to wonder if the Republicans would ever be willing to agree to anything,” Schumer, a New York Democrat and member of the panel, said on a conference call with reporters. “We will enact health-care reform by the end of the year. If the Republicans are not able to produce an agreement, we will have contingencies in play.”

To which Mike Enzi, one of the Republicans involved in the talks repsonded:

“I have not and will not agree to an artificial deadline because I am committed to getting health care reform right, not finishing a bill by some arbitrary date.  Improving access to quality, affordable health care for American families is too important to do hastily.  Additionally, since many of the policies under discussion will not take effect for a number of years, we should focus on the goal of meaningful reform and not rush to meet timelines…

“We’re making progress, but we still have several significant, outstanding items to work on.  I won’t be moved by partisan threats to misuse the budget reconciliation process.  I am committed to getting health care reform right.”

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