(CNN) - Republican senators urged President Obama to say no to a government-run health care plan, cautioning in a letter Monday that the public expects Congress to tackle an overhaul of the system in "an open, honest and bipartisan manner."
Obama told Congress this weekend that it's time to deliver on health care reform, and he wants a bill on his desk by October at the latest. But as the debate heats up on Capitol Hill, it's clear lawmakers don't see eye to eye on the issue.
Republicans are pushing for a private system while some Democratic proposals include back a public, or government-sponsored, option. Some proposals also include a mandate that would require Americans to get insurance.
"This is going to be a long, hot summer when it comes to the debate on health care, because, as you know, there are so many proposals floating on Capitol Hill, some that include the mandate, some that [have] a public option, of course, and many Democrats would like to have the single-payer option," Democratic strategist Donna Brazile said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."