NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - A lot was supposed to happen on health reform before Congress went on summer vacation. Turns out, a lot didn't. End result: The heavy lifting on health reform legislation has been pushed to the fall.
A bipartisan group of six senators from the Senate Finance Committee was supposed to unveil its health reform bill - or at least an outline. But the group couldn't resolve some outstanding issues such as how to make sure the health insurance structures they're proposing end up being affordable.
It's also unclear whether the group will release a draft before the start of the Senate summer recess next Friday. That means the full committee, to say nothing of the full Senate, won't begin to debate the proposal until the leaves start turning a lovely autumn orange.
Meanwhile, House leaders had been promising a full floor vote on health reform before the congressional recess, which begins on Saturday. But that idea was tabled once it became clear that the last of the three committees - the Energy and Commerce Committee - wouldn't report the bill out of committee until the 11th hour.
That means the full House won't take up a health reform bill before fall.