Senate Democrats

Joint Statement By Senators Reid, Baucus and Dodd After First Day Of Health Insurance Reform Discussions

Washington, DCSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus and Senator Chris Dodd of the Senate HELP Committee released the following statement this evening at the conclusion of their first day of discussions to merge the Senate health insurance reform proposal:

“Today’s meeting was a great opportunity to begin our conversation about a number of key issues.  We’ll continue to discuss these issues in greater depth over the coming days as we press forward with this critical work with the White House.  There was strong consensus that crafting a bill that can garner 60 votes is an attainable goal.  We all share the belief that failure is not an option, and we are energized with how close we stand to bringing meaningful reform to our health insurance system.  We look forward to meeting with our caucus tomorrow and continuing our discussions next week.”