But there's more heavy political lifting ahead. Liberals in the House are set to fight for a public option.
Democrats have chided Republicans for not offering their own healthcare ideas. But GOP attempts to turn the debate toward more incentives and fewer mandates have been rebuffed.
Republicans say it's too costly. Liberal Democrats complain that it doesn't do enough for the uninsured. But unlike House plans, it wouldn't add to the deficit.
For GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the takeaway is that the president and the Democrats are poised to move without them.
President Obama's speech on healthcare reform Wednesday night will provide an opportunity for lawmakers to rally around a more moderate bill, centrist senators say.
The Democrats are edging toward a go-it-alone approach to legislation. Part 1 of two.
The White House appears to be sending out conflicting messages, but that could be intentional ambiguity designed to keep several options on the table.
Finance Committee chairman Baucus tries for bipartisanship. But critics in his own party worry that could weaken overhaul legislation - especially provisions for children.
At a time when the threat of filibusters is constant, GOP Senators Enzi, Snowe, and Grassley can wield tremendous influence.
A bipartisan group of six senators worked Tuesday to hammer out a deal. But both parties worry that they will find the final product unacceptable.