August 4, 2009: Obama Motivates Senate Democrats to Promote Overhaul During Recess (

  • "We don't want to do a partisan bill, and we hope our Republican colleagues acknowledge that," he said. "We'll continue to work with them as long as we have to. The American people want health care reform, and we're going to do health care reform."
  • "All indications are at this point that the American people would like for us to slow down and try to get this right, because of the magnitude of it," McConnell said. "So August will be a good opportunity for all of us, regardless of what our leanings may be on how to deal with this issue, to go home, interact with our constituents, and come back here in September with a stronger understanding of exactly where the American people might be on this most important issue."