Republican in ‘Gang of Six’ wants health care reform in ‘smaller parts’ instead of one bill.

Earlier this month, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), the most conservative member of the “Gang of Six” working on a compromise health care bill in the Senate Finance Committee, argued against a Sept. 15 deadline for the bill by saying that he was “committed to getting health care reform right, not finishing a bill by some arbitrary date.” “We’re making progress, but we still have several significant, outstanding items to work on,” said Enzi. But, as Huffington Post’s Sam Stein points out, Enzi indicated to a local crowd yesterday that he disagrees with the entire approach the Finance Committee is taking:

enziCongress should approach health care reform in steps, instead of trying to put together a comprehensive package said U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

Health care is so massive that reforms can’t be made with one major bill, which is what the Obama administration and congressional Democrats are pushing, Enzi told members of the Casper Rotary Club on Monday at the Parkway Plaza Hotel. […]

“We do need to have health care reform,” Enzi said.

“We do need to get it right. We need take the time to do it. I think the only way it will happen is we need to break it down into smaller parts than we have now and put it through one at a time.”

Enzi also said that he supported Sen. Kent Conrad’s (D-ND) co-op idea. “Small business health plans are one way of increasing choices,” said Enzi. “Co-ops will increase choice.”