During a press conference today, Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), who released his proposal for a health care reform bill this morning, said, "This is a good bill. This is a balanced bill. This can pass the Senate."
The "chairman's mark," as it's called, will now go to the full committee for debate, and will likely emerge with many changes.
"I'm looking forward to having an even better bill that can pass with a larger margin," he said.
He brushed off signs that Republicans have all but abandoned the reform effort.
"I worked very hard to get bipartisan support, and I think we'll get it," he said. "By the time the finance committee votes on this bill, there will be Republican support."