So you skip past the entire point of the comment and just get panty-wadded over a criticism of Obama. Grief! Obama is a big boy. I think he can handle a little criticism without every liberal Tom, Dick and Stephen running to his rescue.<quoted text>
That's where you are wrong! Republicans were so worried if they worked with the dems on health care that they would be labeled as being 'pro-health care reform' by their constituents at home or by their opponents in the next election cycle. It's a classic example of doing nothing and then complaining about the outcome, all to protect their political future. So don't turn this around on Obama and say he didn't work with republicans because anyone who followed health care reform knows that's just not true.
That's today's politics though isn't it? There's no such thing as compromise anymore. There's no working together, there's just a bunch of big babies yelling and screaming at each other until one of them takes their ball and goes home. It's disfunctional and embarrassing and it's about time the voters (the People) demanded more from their elected officials.
Had Obama offered something remotely appealing to republicans (instead of having Robert Creamer write from his prison cell one of the worst pieces of legislation since GW's No Child Left Behind and then huddle behind closed doors to conjur a way to get it passed) you might have seen real bi-partisanship. However, anyone that followed health care reform knows Obama had no intention of compromise or bi-partisanship.
As for traveling policies, they would most certainly have resulted in more competition, which would naturally lead to lower cost and higher quality care. Republicans pointed this out countless times and they were right. Instead, we get one choice - the government way. Obama's way. Now there's a real confidence-builder considering the government's wonderful record of creating self-sustaining programs, to say nothing of Obama's stellar reputation for telling the truth.