After months of committee work, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California are driving the debate on health care reform, but they are each relying on a cast of supporting actors.

If the Democratic leadership expects to pass the most far-reaching legislation in 40 years, it needs an assist from a bona fide deal maker such as Sen. Chuck Schumer and an emerging one such as Sen. Tom Carper. There are also wild cards, progressive loyalists, centrist doubters and 2010 targets who will each shape the health care bill.

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