Republicans say it's too costly. Liberal Democrats complain that it doesn't do enough for the uninsured. But unlike House plans, it wouldn't add to the deficit.
His pick, former Illinois attorney general Burris, is well-regarded but lost his last four campaigns.
The president-elect’s influence is altering both policy directions and the partisan tone in Congress.
The party is full of optimism but is still refining its vision.
The economy and education are areas where lawmakers may break partisan gridlock.