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In healthcare fight, defining moment nears for President Obama

New York Times, July 22, 2009

How President Obama handles the healthcare reform issue over the next several weeks could shape the rest of his presidency, shedding light on his political strength, his relationship with both parties in Congress, and his appetite to fight for his own agenda, according to the New York Times. On the Republican side, one question is whether President Obama will succumb to the temptation to turn healthcare into a partisan fight, even as he tries to court the opposing party.