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The health-care reform negotiations in one cartoon

By Ezra Klein

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By Ezra Klein  | November 17, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Worth noting that people just rewarded the guy on the right a couple Tuesdays ago, so why on earth would he change strategy?

Posted by: vvf2 | November 17, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The cartoon is missing a fourth frame: Obama inching one more step to the right (you could add a thought cloud on how he negotiates with himself only).

And why limit this to health care reform? Seems like it's Obama's modus on just about any policy position lately. And that's the reason many of us won't vote, let alone work or contribute, for him in 2012. If he ain't fighting for us, I ain't fighting for him.

Posted by: marshallm | November 17, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama's a dope, we get it.

Posted by: obrier2 | November 17, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh, right, because the country isn't actually another huge notch closer to the utopian dream of socialized medicine. That giant law passed earlier in the year was really a step toward laissez-faire economics.

Posted by: msoja | November 17, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

On the nose.

Posted by: ania8 | November 17, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama has fully demonstrated how pitifully weak a POTUS can be, and what that returns in achievements (the lack thereof) that gets the country.

The recent horror show on renewing the Bush tax cuts proves the point: he negotiates with himself in public and yields to the Republicans on a clear issue where the public is by 70% or more doesn't want high-income earners to get a continued tax break.

I'm a lifelong Dem, and have never voted for a Repub. candidate for POTUS.

But I will not vote for Obama again. I'm looking around for someone with a backbone and competant negotiating skills. Sherrod Brown (Sen. Dem. OH)?

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | November 17, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

And thus continues the ridiculous nonsense that Obama tried to be bipartisan during the health care debate. Do left wing bloggers think that if they repeat a lie enough times people will start to believe it? Obama didn't offer to make any substantive changes at all as a concession to Republicans. And his promise on tort reform? Yeah, we all know how that is working out, don't we?

Posted by: Bob65 | November 17, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

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