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03.21.10

A Lasting Legacy?

Does the health-care bill's passage place Obama in the pantheon of great presidents—or will it be this White House's last major achievement? Four historians' takes on the big day.

Does the health-care bill's passage place Obama in the pantheon of great presidents—or will it be this White House's last major achievement? Four historians' takes on the big day. Plus, more Daily Beast writers on the vote.

As Big as Social Security
By Doris Kearns Goodwin

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin explains why President Obama’s health-care reform legislation is in the same category as Social Security and the Civil Rights bill.

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Overcoming the Fear Factor
By Ted Widmer

Yes, health-care reform is a key win on the merits. But it also shows Obama prevailing over GOP fear-mongering—and generating momentum for the challenges ahead.

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Heroine of the Hour
By Sean Wilentz

No House speaker in modern times performed as powerfully as Nancy Pelosi has in bringing health-care reform to the brink of passage. Sean Wilentz on Pelosi's historic performance.

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The Left's Fleeting Wins
By Michael Kazin

Health-care reform is the signal liberal achievement of Obama’s presidency. Michael Kazin on why it might also be the last.

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