WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Members of the Senate Finance Committee began the process of building a health care bill on Wednesday, meeting behind closed doors for much of the day to discuss proposed changes to how the country pays for medical treatments.

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., who had led efforts within the committee on the health care measure, conceded that the hardest work is yet to come. While the Wednesday meeting focused on policy proposals for the health care payment system, the committee has not yet formally discussed thorny issues of covering more people - which may involve a public insurance option - or financing a health care expansion.

But Baucus and the committee's top Republican, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said the committee was off to a strong start.

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