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Health Care Faces Rocky Road in New Congress

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- New provisions under the health care law will roll out starting Jan. 1, but the the debate over health care reform is far from over as lawmakers in both chambers craft ways to tweak the controversial legislation.

In the Senate, an unusual alliance has formed between Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, who voted for the health care legislation, and Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, whose election to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat nearly derailed the law.

The two senators are crafting a plan that would allow states to opt out of the Affordable Care Act if their programs meet the standards of the federal health care law and do not add to the deficit.

It's designed to throw a bone to conservatives who want to repeal the law.  But rather than give states all the power to make their decisions, states would still have to meet guidelines set by the federal government, even if they don't want to carry out the new law.

Wyden and Brown have hailed their work as a sign of bipartisanship.  There's little so far to indicate whether others are on board, but the two senators' effort has kicked off a debate that has simmered underneath the surface in the Senate.

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Senator Misses Historic Votes for Holiday Party

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- There was one Democratic senator who missed Saturday’s crucial votes on Capitol Hill: West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, who was elected just last month. Manchin was at a holiday party when the Senate finally passed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal and took one last shot at the DREAM Act immigration bill.

“While he regrets missing the votes, it was a family obligation that he just could not break,” said Manchin spokesperson Sara Payne Scarbro. “However, he has been clear on where he stands on the issues.”

Manchin does not support the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell because of concerns about the “the timing and the impact of the repeal's implementation on our front line combat troops during a time of war.” He did not support the DREAM Act because he believed it should have required the completion of a degree.

In contrast, Manchin's colleague, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, elected to stay on the Hill to vote, even though he is set to have surgery for prostate cancer on Monday.

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Democratic Senator Wyden Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced Thursday that he will undergo surgery on Monday for prostate cancer and will not return to the Senate until January, an absence that could complicate Democratic efforts to pass an array of key issues.

Wyden said he was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer in late November after his annual physical. The surgery will be performed on Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital by Dr. Alan Partin, Wyden said.

“Thanks to routine screening, this was diagnosed early and I expect a full and speedy recovery,” Wyden said in a statement.

“I scheduled the surgery for the Monday before Christmas anticipating that the Senate would have recessed by that time and that there would be no disruption to my work in Oregon or Washington. However, it now appears that I will be missing votes tomorrow and possibly next week while I prepare and undergo this procedure. I expect to be back to work full-time when the Senate reconvenes in January.”

“If anything is taken from my experience, I hope it is the importance of getting routine physicals,” he said. “One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetimes. Early detection is critical to catching this disease when treatment is most effective.”

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