This is a big day for the effort in Washington to overhaul the nation's health care system.
The Senate Finance Committee is set to vote on Chairman Max Baucus' version of an overhau. And while passage is expected because Baucus and his fellow Democrats hold 13 of the committee's 23 seats, it's not certain whether every Democrat will vote "aye" and many eyes will be on Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine to see if she crosses party lines to support the bill.
As the Associated Press notes, "the committee's centrist legislation is seen as the best building block for a compromise plan that could find favor on the Senate floor."
The committee meets at 10 a.m. ET.
On Morning Edition, NPR's Julie Rovner talked with host Steve Inskeep about the insurance and hospital industries' problems with the committee's legislation. She says Democrats are likely to lose only one vote in the committee. And, says Julie, while there are still months to go before any overhaul bill lands on President Barack Obama's desk, there is "an air of inevitability" about some form of an overhaul being passed this year:
Key Vote Looms On Health Care Overhaul
The NPR Health Blog is following the overhaul effort and related issues.