Following a health care summit with President Barack Obama and other Democrats, some Republicans said the two sides are still far apart.
Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker said that about 59 percent of Americans and most Mississippians don't want the bill proposed by Democrats.
Wicker said people are concerned about what the Democratic bill would do to Medicare and the federal deficit. He said, unless Democrats are willing to scrap the bill, the summit was "little more than political theater".
Closing the day-long summit, Obama said there is no time for another year of debate on the issue.
Republicans have insisted that he scrap Democratic bills and start anew.
Obama says if he can't close the gap with Republicans on the issue of extending coverage, he will have to move ahead without GOP input.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.