Will the umpteeth time be the charm on efforts to reform the nation's health care system? Congress gets down to work this week tackling the difficult task of drafting universal coverage legislation by this summer.

To be blunt, the odds are stacked against them. Historically, efforts to get lawmakers to meet in the middle on health care have failed disastrously (just ask Secretary Clinton). Further, Republicans and Democrats currently are pretty far apart in their views on how and whether to provide health insurance to everyone.

But they are soldiering forth, even as Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) told the Associated Press, "This is the toughest issue we have ever taken on - every part has got a chance of blowing up."

It seems all options are on the table -- individual or employer mandates and taxing benefits among some of the proposals -- and as the debate heats up along with the weather this summer, EBN will bring you the latest updates. (Click here to troll our recent coverage.)

But can they do it? Is this year the year for health care reform? Yay or nay? Comment and let me know.

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