Enzi Pushes Back Against Talk That Health Deal Is Near

Posted July 29, 2009 at 11:59am

Sen. Mike Enzi (Wyo.), one of three Republican negotiators attempting to hash out a consensus health care reform bill in the Finance Committee, cautioned Wednesday that much work remained before a deal can be reached.

Enzi, in a statement released by his office, sought to tamp down recent comments by lead Finance negotiator and panel Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) that an agreement is within reach.

“We still have several areas where we haven’t been able to come to a consensus. No deal is at hand and substantive issues, big and small, remain under discussion and need to be resolved. We need to keep working together,— Enzi said. “I will need to see complete language and a final estimate from the Congressional Budget Office before I can agree to any health care reform bill.—

The gang of six bipartisan Finance negotiators, which includes Baucus and Enzi, is set to reconvene at 3:30 p.m. to continue working on a deal. Democratic leaders want the Finance panel to come up with a plan and mark it up before the Senate adjourns for the August recess.