This is the same president whose favorite health care bill failed to woo a single Republican Senate floor vote. Do not tell me that Republicans would not negotiate with Democrats. The Healthy Americans Act -- a model for universal care without the employer mandate -- is sponsored by Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Robert Bennett, R-Utah, and has more than 10 co-sponsors, including four other Republicans.
If Obama and the Democratic leadership had wanted to pass a truly bipartisan bill, they could have started with Wyden-Bennett. But they decided they wanted to be the lone, all-giving benefactors, with special treats for friends. They wanted all the glory, but they earned all the blame.