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Legacy is secure but president risks losing voters

Giles Whittell

Published 23/03/2010 | 05:00

AS Democrats clinched the last eight votes they needed to turn their dream of healthcare for all into reality, a tall congresswoman from Minnesota approached a microphone in the bowels of the Capitol and lamented: "Freedom dies a little bit today."

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Barack Obama's victory in the healthcare debate is a personal triumph that eluded every other Democratic president of the past century and has the potential to relaunch his presidency as a period of historic reform.

It will help millions to find affordable health insurance for the first time. Yet it has divided as never before a nation that teaches its children, in civics lessons as well as Sunday school, that the United States was built on self-reliance.

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