Bizarrely enough, the most important person in the galaxy right now appears to be Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine. And apparently Snowe has come through, announcing that she’ll vote for healthcare reform. “When history calls, history calls,” she said.
And with that, my forecast for healthcare reform, which has already increased from 60% to 70% to 75%, now goes to about 90%. There are still plenty of details to fight over, but Snowe’s decision makes success of some kind far more likely than not.