Can Obama Close the Deal on Health Care?

As doubt grow about the White House's push for comprehensive reform, the President faces the biggest challenge of his political life. A look at what's at stake for Obama, the health-care system — and you

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President Barack Obama holds a town hall meeting on health care reform at Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.

His eloquence is a big part of the reason that Barack Obama got to the Oval Office. There's always been a sense that his ability to explain things was tantamount to his ability to fix them. But the sheer complexity of health care has so far defied both his ability to explain and his power to fix. And in this case, the latter is an even greater challenge than the former.

As the President sat surrounded by his health-care brain trust on July 28, his words seemed unequal to the task...

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