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Video: Obama Ready to Go Partisan on Health Care

With two of the Gang of Six negotiating in bad faith, the White House signals a change of heart.

There's a reason we've yet to have a health-care bill: it's called the Senate Finance Committee. And two of the six negotiators on that committee have spent the congressional summer recess actively trashing the health-care plans of Democrats -- advancing outright lies about them. At last it seems, the White House is ready to say, "Enough is enough."

Finance Committee Chair Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., has been negotiating his bill with a group known as the Gang of Six, which includes the Republicans Charles Grassley of Iowa and Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

Progressives have been scratching their heads, marveling at the White House's kind words about Grassley as he tramps around his state, a copy of Glenn Beck's book in his hands, spreading lies about " death panels." And Enzi's done no better.

Adele M. Stan is AlterNet's Washington bureau chief.