The Play-by-Play on Health Care

Clyburn added, "If you get these three committees working in concert with each other, we go out there next month with this bill coming out of all three committees, we've then got one bill to go out to the public that says, 'This is what the Democrats are offering you. We're offering you a change from your current situation.'"

Read more opinions on health care reform from lawmakers and others on's "The Note".

Rep. Tom Price, R. Ga., Talks GOP Proposals (July 28, 2009)
What Clergy Members Think (July 28, 2009)
What The Health Insurance Industry Thinks (July 27, 2009)
What The Chamber of Commerce Thinks (July 27, 2009)
Former President Bill Clinton Weighs In (July 27, 2009)

Health Care: Latest From the Senate

On Wednesday, Sen. Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., saw the cost analysis of the panel's bill as a good sign. The plan was predicted to cost less than $900 billion and lead to reductions in the deficit within 10 years.

After the Wednesday meeting, Baucus added that negotiators had reached a tentative agreement on another outstanding issue that he would not identify.

He qualified agreement on that issue as "big T for tentative."

But no deal yet. One of the six senators negotiating the Finance Committee bill was asked if the committee could wrap up its work by the end of next week when the Senate plans to recess for the remainder of the summer.

"It's possible, but extremely challenging," said Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D.

Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who dismissed the idea of a breakthrough Wednesday, further said he wouldn't agree to a deal unless he had a commitment from Reid, Pelosi, and the White House not to undue those agreements in subsequent negotiations.

Reid's hope was that he'd have committee-passed bills in hand to merge over the August recess.

The other Senate panel with jurisdiction over parts of the chamber's measure has already approved its proposal.

Read more about what other senators think on's "The Note".

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sounds Off (July 29, 2009)
Senate Finance Committee Warns They're Not There Yet (July 29, 2009)
Sen. John Kerry: We're 80 Percent There (July 28, 2009)
Sens. Olympia Snowe and Max Baucus Talk Details (July 27, 2009)
Read how Sen. Ted Kennedy's absence has altered the debate (July 27, 2009)

ABC News' Lindsey Ellerson, Jonathan Karl, John Hendren, Jake Tapper, Karen Travers, Rick Klein, Yunji de Nies, Theresa Cook and Huma Khan contributed to this report.

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