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04/26/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Health Care Reform Testing Obama's Power Of Persuasion

Tempers were fraying in the White House Cabinet Room as night turned into morning on Jan. 15. President Obama had been cloistered nearly all day with House and Senate Democrats, playing "marriage counselor," an aide said, as he coaxed, cajoled and prodded them on a health care overhaul.
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" 'See what you guys can figure out,' " one participant remembers [Obama] saying, adding that the failed effort left the president mad. Another Democrat who was there, Representative Henry A. Waxman of California, said Mr. Obama left "frustrated that while he was putting out ways to bridge the problem, we hadn't reached a conclusion."

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