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Debate begins on the "fixes" to health care law

Washington -

(NBC) - The ink is barely dry on the President's health care overhaul and critics vow to keep fighting it.

"This massive expulsion in the size of the Federal government, which will inevitably pass on to our children, a government they cannot afford," said New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg.

Senators have begun debate on fixes to the new reform law, an add-on package Republicans are trying to amend to death. Cut out the sweetheart deals, demands Arizona's John McCain.

"It took us a long time to figure out that the state of Connecticut has a $100 million dollar deal to build a hospital in Connecticut."

Enough changes could gum up reforms and cause havoc for Democrats.

"Do they really want to repeal the ban on insurance companies canceling your policy if you get sick?" said Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.

On another front, fourteen states have filed suit, charging the new law is unconstitutional.

 "Never before has Congress compelled Americans, under the threat of economic sanction, to purchase a particular product or service as a condition of living in this country," said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.

Some experts say, if it affects the economy, Congress can regulate it.

"You can't just slack off and assume that somebody's going to take care of you if you have some sort of an emergency," said Wake Forest University Law School Professor Mark Hall.

The law has passed but not the fight.

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