11/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Top Health Insurance Lobbyist Says Health Care Debate Could Stretch Into 2010

A top health insurance industry lobbyist predicts that 2009's intense health care reform debate could drag until 2010, reports the Hill.

Karen Ignagni, president of American's Health Insurance Plans, the industry's largest lobbyist organization, told reporters that problems in the country's health care system are too profound to go away if the current reform effort fails.

"I've always thought that this was perhaps an issue that was going to be decided in December, not in October," Ignagni said."

The Hill also reports that Ignagni once said August was a "make or break" month for health care reform.