Republican opposition is building after independent auditors estimated their initial efforts could cost more and cover fewer than initially hoped, reducing the chance of winning the bipartisan support that could ensure that any reforms will last.
Republican Sen. John McCain gave Reuters a grim prognosis last Friday and said the next few days will determine whether the effort succeeds or fails.
But Democratic Sen. Max Baucus still thinks he can get a bipartisan bill to President Obama by the end of the year.
Today, the Senate Health Committee, which is working on a bill that is likely to be less Republican-friendly than Baucus’s effort, will resume work on its bill at 3 p.m.
Folks at the White House have healthcare on the agenda today as well.
President Obama will sign a bill that establishes significantly tougher tobacco regulations in a Rose Garden ceremony.