Baucus' Dealmaking to Be Tested

By Matt Gouras | November 15, 2010 | 11:22 AM EST

(AP) - The key Senate Democrat who delayed health care reform last year while trying to get Republican buy-in says bipartisan changes to his party's signature legislation are now needed.

Sen. Max Baucus faces resurgent Republicans hostile to legislation that has been associated with him nearly as much as President Barack Obama.

Baucus told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that unpopular provisions could be on the chopping block - perhaps even the mandate that individuals buy health insurance.

He also unveiled legislation to strip a tax provision in the bill small businesses complained was burdensome.

The Republicans seized control of the U.S. House in last week's elections by in part promising a repeal of health care overhaul.