Howard Fineman: In his bid to push health-care reform through Congress, Obama is counting on a wave of political good will. But is he at risk of wiping out?


Obama and his aides, fearing a loss of momentum, are trying to stoke a sense of urgency in hopes that the Senate will feel compelled to pass a 1,000-page-plus measure before its August recess. I asked a very plugged-in Hill Democrat whether the Senate would do so. “Less and less likely,” he said. That doesn’t mean that health-care reform is dead. It does mean at best that the fall is going to be dominated by a ferocious national debate, and that the outcome is far from clear.

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