"President Barack Obama's bipartisan health care summit may take place today," Roll Call writes, "but the defining moment will come the day after, when Democrats decide once and for all whether to go it alone to pass a bill."
The Washington Post makes a similar point: "Congressional Democrats are already looking beyond the White House health-care summit, reckoning that Thursday's session will amount to little more than political theater and focusing instead on a final round of intraparty negotiations that are likely to determine the fate of President Obama's top domestic priority."
The New York Times looks at the lack of chemistry between Obama and congressional Republicans.
"The abortion 15-20: here are 15-20 House Democrats who are withholding their support for President Barack Obama's healthcare proposal, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said Wednesday," The Hill writes. "Stupak led a broad coalition of anti-abortion Democrats in November, demanding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) include tough abortion restrictions in the lower chamber's legislation lest she lose a chance of passing the bill."
But The Hill also looks at Democratic centrist senators who appear to be at least open to supporting the health-care legislation: "President Barack Obama's healthcare proposal is easing the minds of centrist Democratic senators who grew skittish after the election of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.). The centrists said they are feeling less pressure now that Obama has used the Senate bill as the foundation for his proposal and are happy with the president's decision to hold Thursday's bipartisan healthcare summit."