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Healthcare win gives Obama new momentum

Business Times - 23 Mar 2010


Healthcare win gives Obama new momentum

He's now in a position to press ahead with rest of his domestic and foreign policy agenda

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

SINCE Barack Obama entered the White House, Republican leaders have vowed to turn the debate on his ambitious plans to restructure America's healthcare system into the new president's 'political Waterloo'.

It was a plan to tear down what has been seen as the centrepiece of his domestic policy agenda. The Republicans would then be able to destroy his presidency and regain control of Congress in the 2010 midterm elections. They would then ensure that President Obama would not be re- elected for a second term.

And indeed, a powerful coalition of Republican lawmakers, lobbyists for the health insurance and pharmaceutical industry and the agitated Tea Party protesters marshalled their enormous political and financial resources - and through the sophisticated manipulation of the…