Senate Panel Starts Work on Health Care Overhaul

By: AP
By: AP

After months of closed-door wrangling, the Senate Finance committee has finally started work on a sweeping health care overhaul.

Chairman Max Baucus calls his proposal a "common-sense plan" that takes the best ideas from both sides and is designed to get the 60 votes needed to pass the Senate.

The plan by the Montana Democrat would require all Americans to get coverage. It would expand government programs for the poor and provide subsidies to help many middle-class families afford the premiums.

Senators challenging the Baucus plan already have won concessions that include reducing a penalty on those who don't buy insurance. If the Finance Committee passes a bill, it would be a major boost for President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.

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