Obama's Healthcare Law: Historic Reform and Signature Failure

The most consequential legislation signed in modern history was passed by only one party — under a president who promised to break Washington's partisan stalemate.

President Obama had reason to be hopeful in July 2009, as he met one afternoon in the Oval Office with Maine Sen. Olympia J. Snowe. The new president was trying to sustain his ambitious initiative to overhaul the nation's healthcare system. He needed Snowe, a centrist Republican, to make the effort bipartisan. Now, she was telling Obama what he wanted to hear: She would be with him.

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Source: The Los Angeles Times