President Obama's decision to sit back and let Congress shape health care reform legislation had two rationales:
1) To let Congress take the blame for the likely shortcomings of any health care reform bill to pass; and, most importantly
2) To get exactly the sort of bill that Congress will vomit out after months of kabuki theater.
Ergo, President Obama is not a victim, rather he is a culprit of this shameful result. Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com had the foresight to say so months ago.