(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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