"In their heart of hearts, few in the Obama administration would have predicted late last year that they would be this well positioned by June to achieve a major victory on health care. As the economy faltered, and attention focused on Wall Street and Detroit, it seemed unthinkable that Congress would be ready to devote the summer of 2009 to the costly proposition of providing health coverage for all, a goal that has eluded presidents sinceTheodore Roosevelt." - Lead to health reporter Kevin Sack'sJune 19 story .
"Obama Pushing, But Early Vote On Health Fades." - Headline over the July 21 lead story by David Herszenhorn and Robert Pear.