Sen. Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinDem Senator open to bid from the left in 2020 Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Trump should require federal contractors to follow the law MORE (D-Iowa) said Monday that his primary focus in drafting healthcare legislation is an emphasis on preventative care.

Harkin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said the Senate plans to send a bill to the president's by October, as President Obama has requested.

"A big part of this bill," Harkin said on MSNBC, "is to make prevention a part of every aspect of this bill. In other words, make it easier for people to be healthy."

Currently, Harkin said the country has "sick-care" instead of healthcare.

How Democrats and the president will pay for new healthcare programs has become a major sticking point in the negotiation process. In the interview, Harkin refused to rule anything out, saying only that "everything is on the table."

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