The Democratic-led effort to overhaul U.S. health care got a boost when Olympia Snowe, the Republican Senator from Maine, said she will support the bill. Though the bill was expected to pass her committee anyway, her support is significant.
Saying that she had misgivings about the bill, but that "when history calls, history calls," Snowe became the first Republican in Congress to break a virtually unanimous bloc against Democratic efforts to reform health care.
Democrats have worked to gain her support, tackling her issues of affordability and how to pay for reform. Passage out of her Senate Finance Committee would put this kind of health care reform closer to reality than it has ever been.