Despite President Obama's calls for health care reform legislation before congress leaves for its August recess, the GOP Senate minority whip told me today there is "no chance" it'll get done.
"Republicans very much want reform but not on the backs of the American people with the kind of taxes and potential rationing of care that would result," Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said, "There is no chance that it's going to be done by August."
Kyl argued Obama wants a speedy bill because "the longer it hangs out there, the more the American people are skeptical, anxious.."
But Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., was more optimistic on bipartisan negotiations.
President Obama went overseas for critically important meetings with world leaders, now I'm glad that he's home. He's going to be rolling up his sleeves, we've already been in communication with the White House," Durbin told me, "He wants to get this job done and that means the senate should move in an expeditious way to finish our committee hearings, bring this bill to the floor before the August recess."