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Obama, They Want You to Fail

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But the American people might find themselves left out of the celebration. The federal government might even compel the uninsured "" under penalty of fines "" to sign up with an existing insurance company whether they feel they can afford it or not. Mandated coverage could mean a big windfall for the insurance industry, pushing nearly 50 million new customers into its arms.

Eventually, however, the reality would sink in that very little had improved. Millions of Americans would understand that Washington protected the interests of a cold-hearted industry rather than fashion a health-insurance plan that would do the people much good.  With that realization, many Americans would blame Obama and the Democrats.

On the other hand, if Obama demanded a public option and insisted on the support of his party, the dynamic might go very differently. If the Democrats assembled 59 votes for a strong plan "" even if Republicans continue their obstruction of Al Franken's Senate election in Minnesota "" that could turn the tables on "centrist" Republicans who would have to decide which side to take.

To get the Democrats to behave in such a disciplined and serious fashion, however, might require a backbone or brain transplant for many of them. But it's way past time for the Democrats to recognize that their obsession with bipartisanship is unrequited.

The Republicans have a very different agenda. Indeed, with the continuing pratfalls of their supposedly top-tier candidates "" like South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's Argentine holiday with his mistress "" they have only one genuine hope for the future of their party: President Obama must fail and the Democrats must take the blame.

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat, and can be ordered at neckdeepbook.com. His two previous books, Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & 'Project Truth' are also available there. Or go to Amazon.com.

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Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq, can be ordered at secrecyandprivilege.com. It's also available at
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