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DonkeySmallIt appears clear after last week’s health care summit that President Obama and his fellow Democrats have no choice but to go it alone if they want to pass a reform bill anytime soon, no matter how bad the current proposal might be.

This is sure one lousy way to make policy, especially since it involves one of the biggest and fastest-growing segments of our economy. But with Republicans working to stall and then kill any effort at reform since the debate first began, what did they expect?

Perhaps they thought the Democrats, spineless and fragmented, would grow discouraged and give up. If so, they may yet be right. But I don’t believe they will. The Democrats are too close to give up now, and have gone too far to go home empty-handed.

The Republicans played their part in last week’s televised charade perfectly. President Obama’s goal in convening the summit was to demonstrate to the American public that Republicans really have no interest in crafting a comprehensive bill that will make sure everyone has health insurance coverage. That’s exactly what the summit showed.

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