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    Still don't get your point.  The stakes here couldn't be higher, either for the American public (which needs health care) or for Obama himself (who's made this a signature issue).  I doubt seriously that Obama "doesn't mind health care reform failing," because if it does he'll have taken a massive beating at the hands of the Republicans, and they'll know he can be rolled.  If he fails at this, he'll find himself in the same position as Bill Clinton back in the early 90s.  He'll have lost the biggest policy battle of his presidency, and neither he nor his party will recover from it.  

    Whatever Obama's actual views on health care (and they remain a mystery to me), he needs to win this for the sake of his own skin.

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