The Washington Post today takes a look at Harry Reid's tricky task in combining the Finance and HELP Committees' respective healthcare bills. 

As Majority Leader, Reid has a lot of discretion when integrating the bill. The challenge, however, is not angering either liberals--who want a public option or at least something close to it--or centrists, who are wary of the public option and want to keep the overall cost of the bill low.

In one corner of Reid's office will be Baucus, whose legislation was deficit-neutral, in part, by lowering subsidies for lower-income workers who are to buy insurance on a new exchange. That bill has won accolades from the roughly 15 centrist Senate Democrats who represent conservative-leaning states, many of whom Reid and Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) helped elect in 2006 and 2008. In another corner will be Schumer, once the campaign chief and now the No. 3 leader, along with Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who will represent the interests of the health committee.

Dodd and Harkin steered legislation through their panel with higher subsidies for workers buying insurance and a public insurance option. Their legislation also includes more stringent mandates on employers to buy worker insurance and is more closely aligned with the House drafts Pelosi is rewriting.

Reid must pull this all off while keeping one eye on Nevada. After higher-profile Republicans took a pass on challenging Reid, several GOP challengers have emerged in recent weeks with polls showing he could be the latest majority leader to suffer political humiliation.