The sub-committee of six negotiators from the Senate Finance Committee (known now as the “Gang of Six”) continues to work on a bi-partisan bill through the recess, with Senator Grassley calling a roundtable conference call of the members to catch up on open issues and the status of individual negotiations. Separately, other Democratic members of the Senate have been quietly discussing separating the reform package into two parts, one that could pass the Senate with just a Democratic majority vote, and another that would be discussed and voted upon by the full Senate. The two packages could focus separately on a publicly financed plan under the budget authority of the Finance Committee, to contend with the “public option” foes, while other aspects of health reform, including increased insurance company regulation and other health coverage options, would be addressed in the larger forum.