By Sam Youngman - 07/13/09 02:32 PM EDT
Hours after Obama told reporters that he is "going to get this done," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that it is unlikely legislation will be finalized before the recess.
He added: "I don't think anyone was under the illusion the whole process would be wrapped up by the beginning of August."
Gibbs said that the president would, however, like to see a reform bill pass either or both the House and Senate before members leave — and if they do not, that the president would consider asking the leadership to delay their vacation.
Obama summoned Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe missed opportunity of JASTA States urged to bolster election security How the White House got rolled on the Saudi-9/11 bill MORE (D-Nev.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to join Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusChina moves to lift ban on US beef Overnight Healthcare: Zika fight stalls government funding talks | Census finds big drop in uninsured | Mental health bill faces wait Glover Park Group now lobbying for Lyft MORE (D-Mont.) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) at the White House for a meeting Monday afternoon.
Baucus and Rangel are chairmen of the committees that oversee tax policy and Medicare and Medicaid, and Rangel on Friday proposed a controversial surtax on the wealthy to raise $540 million to pay for healthcare reform.