"With a sweeping U.S. health care overhaul proposal finally on the table, senators who've been waiting months to see the bill are lined up to offer a bevy of contentious changes. One senator said the bill "needs more than just a few tweaks."
Some Democrats see plenty of room for improvement in the bill from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana.
And then there are Republicans, who almost uniformly oppose the measure and may be loathe to hand President Barack Obama a victory on his biggest domestic priority, legislation to rein in skyrocketing health care costs and extend coverage to many of the 50 million uninsured.
America is the only industrialized democracy that lacks a comprehensive national health care system.
Most Americans rely on health insurance partially subsidized by their employer, and they can lose their family's coverage if they lose their job.
After months when health care negotiations in the Senate were confined largely to Baucus meeting privately with five other Finance Committee senators to try to craft a bipartisan deal -- ultimately without success -- the dynamic was noticeably altered Thursday, a day after Baucus produced his long-awaited bill.
Many more senators were in the mix, and many of them had something to say."
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