Is Health Care Overhaul Doomed to Failure?

What both the public and the administration would benefit greatly from is having explained to them in simpler terms what health care reform would entail.

"You've got to go down and make it very simple," Reinhardt said. "What the Obama administration needs is a good high school teacher who could explain this thing to the American people. Instead, we have a graduate school seminar professor called Obama who tries to do that."

"It should be at a level people can understand," he added.

Others say Obama should avoid following in the footsteps of former President Bill Clinton, whose own failed attempts at health care overhaul were partly attributable to not explaining the message fully to the public.

"People don't understand what they're going to get from it, same thing that happened to Clinton," Baker said.

Butler said the president should be on a "listening tour" rather than a "selling tour."

"The president is very good at laying out: here's the problem, here's the solutions on the options, what do we do?" Butler said. "I think Clinton was very good at doing that and I think President Obama can do that.

"It's very clear from the last year that you can't just devise a piece of legislation in Congress -- Clinton showed you couldn't do it in White House, this showed you can't do it in Congress -- and just push it to American people," Butler added.

Obama seems to sense the public fatigue.

"What I agree with is that the public has soured with the process that they saw over the last year," he told reporters Tuesday. "I think that actually contaminates how they view the substance on the bills."

The White House may want to start fresh on health care overhaul, but it remains to be seen whether a new push can be successful and a health care bill passes.

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