Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate will vote on a healthcare overhaul bill Saturday night that would cost $848 billion over 10 years.
Reid will need votes from all 58 Democratic Senators and the two independents in this procedural vote just to get it to the floor for debate. Reid unveiled his proposal on Wednesday.
The New York Times reports the vote would get the bill ready for what's likely to be a lively debate on the Senate floor for much of next month. The bill aims to impose new regulations on insurers, extend coverage to 31 million people and add new benefits to Medicare.
Republicans contend the measure would amount to a dangerous expansion of government, and would increase taxes and insurance costs for millions of people. Utah Republican Orrin Hatch says the fight against the legislation will amount to "a holy war."