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Obama tries to personalize the healthcare bill

New York Times, March 16, 2010

Declaring that "every argument has been made" on his healthcare overhaul, President Obama sought to seal the deal with Congress and the American people by focusing on a self-employed cleaning woman who dropped her costly insurance plan and just discovered she has leukemia. The president sought to turn the debate away from politics by reminding his party that people's lives were at stake. He also hinted that passing the healthcare bill as a critical test of Democrats' ability to govern, the New York Times reports.