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Analysis: Dems’ missteps led to health breakdown
San Francisco Chronicle - Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer

Democrats say they never saw it coming, but the breakdown of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was abetted by their own mistakes. It wasn’t just a political fluke brought on by the surprise election of a Republican senator in true-blue Massachusetts. Looking back, Obama and his congressional allies failed to appreciate the depth of frustration with Washington — people’s desire for health care legislation that would respond to their anxieties, not the clamor of interest groups.