re: Obama blinks. It's called ledership and often requires heavy lifting, something that the ubercool Obama sees himself as being above. He's so sure he can simply will things to happen by talking about them - what with the media's sycophantic portrayal of the President as a near-hypnotic orator - that he forgets he's dealing with people, not subjects. Mr President, stop insulting the skeptics, many of whom no doubt voted for you; try explaining it to them, honestly. They heard you advocate single-payer; if you have changed your mind, say that. If not, then say that. Calling detractors names or treating them as the dirt on your shoes does not cut it.