Senior congressional Democrats told ABC News today that getting health care done by the end of the year is unlikely. This, of course, would be a blow to the White House and to Democratic leaders trying to get their bill done before another blown deadline--first it was August, then it was the end of the year, and now...
But who, exactly, is saying there won't be reform by the end of the year?
ABC quotes a senior Democratic leadership aide on background as saying, "Getting this done by the end of the year is a no-go," plus two other "key Congressional Democrats," without specifying which chamber any of the three work in.
It's not coming from the Democratic leaders themselves: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were both quoted as saying they still planned to pass legislation by the end of the year.
Conventional wisdom says it's coming from the Senate, where votes in favor of Reid's "opt-out" public option proposal will be harder to come by, with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) saying he'll oppose it.
I suggested as much to a Democratic House leadership aide, who agreed that the Senate is probably the source. "We still want to get a bill to the president," the aide said.