March 12th, 2010
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Obama delays overseas trip for final health care push

President Obama has delayed an overseas trip to focus on health care legislation.

President Obama has delayed an overseas trip to focus on health care legislation.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama's departure for an upcoming overseas trip has been pushed back three days as Democrats prepare for a final push on health care reform.

Obama will leave for his trip to Indonesia and Australia on March 21 instead of March 18, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced Friday. The president previously expressed a willingness to delay the trip to work on health care, according to a senior administration official.

Obama spent much of the past week pitching his health care plan to nervous congressional Democrats behind closed doors. He's also tried to boost public support for the plan, publicly calling for a final up-or-down vote in Congress while hammering the unpopular health insurance industry during visits to Pennsylvania and Missouri.

He's set to deliver another health care address Monday in Ohio.

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  1. Four and The Door

    Well, considering that getting health care through reconciliation is top on his list, is anyone surprised?

    Other stuff, like jobs, the economy, the war...they just need to wait their turn. Obama is very focused now.

    March 12, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Darrell

    For those people opposed to the President for any reason, I understand your postion...however, please get your facts right about the healthcare reform issue. This is not a govt. take over or is about individuals like me and small business owners like me who cannot pay rates that double more than the current inflation rate each year...when healthcare companies are making big profits and their CEOs are making large million dollar salaries...when rates go up and services go down...fine be against the President and don't vote for Dem. in Nov. or the President in 2012, but my life and business cannot survive this increasing prices for no reason, except the Healthcare Insurance Industry wants to make more profits...your employer may provide healthcare for you and your family, but some of us don't have this to fall back on. So, please give me a break!

    March 12, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Sheena

    How can any of you people advocate that this is a good bill, disregarding any color, race, etc, everyone will get old, and many are already, this bill will not help you in any way, in fact it will cut your care, up your price for medicare and supplement insurances and give you less care on top of it.
    Obama is throwing Seniors to the curb, any color...Wake up, this guy is a liar and a fake, this health care will not even be put into force for "FOUR YEARS", will be paying up the Gazoo starting the minute it passes. Don't let him fool you into believing that this is good for Americans, cause it isn't, there are still many sweeteners to certain states, etc in his package which he dont tell when he is on his urgency campaign. And why all the urgency, there is something up with that, why not take the time to make this good for all Americans, why are congress exempt from taking this insurance, surely something must be wrong with it otherwise they would take it too.
    Obama said their insurance had great coverage and cheap premiums because of the large pool they are in, well why not put All Americans in that pool, so we all have the same insurance, afterall we are paying for their insurance, so we should reap the benefits as well. Why dont they answer those questions when asked, but pass those questions by???? This whole deal of trying to pass it so fast, without even half of them knowing whats all in it, and not even showing it all to the public, but trying to get people to follow him blindly without knowing all the facts, just based on his race is outrageous....This plan is corrupt, if you value a future for your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, you better think twice and vote NO....If Congress and the House do not listen to the people that are paying their way, then they wont be around too long....

    March 12, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Darko


    You need to re-read history to see what party opposed civil and voting rights.

    As for the others...the GOP are being proven right after all these years as these programs are bankrupting the country. They're all ponzi schemes.

    March 12, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Desmond in Canada

    Dear US citizens,
    GET THIS HEALTH CARE BILL PASSED, IF YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOOD FOR YOU. We in Canada, want you to have as good a health care system as we do. Do not get misled by the naysayers like McConnell and comapany. Fear has always been the weapon of preference for these folk. CALL YOUR CONGRESS REPS.

    March 12, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Darko

    All these reforms are useless as they do nothing to lower costs... and forced govt cost controls do not lower costs.

    3rd party payer system
    Insurance tied to employment
    No tax write offs from personal plans
    defensive medicine from lack of tort reform
    lack of competition across states

    None of these issues are solved in Obama's plan. NONE!

    March 12, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Kevin in MA

    To John,

    I agree, there are systems all over the world that work better than the one here in the US. Germany has a good system, Singapore, Australia ........ I don't understand why the congress didn't look at what other countries are doing an model this after one of those. It just seems dumb to me to build a whole new system that's complicated and untested. I know that it can be fixed once it's in place but all this churn, fear and wasted time, energy and money for what? It's no wonder that the rest of the world thinks we're a bunch of idiots. Perhaps we are

    March 12, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. davis

    Dear Start OVER:

    If this does not pass, it will be another 20 years before someone has the courage to put it on the table. We need health reform NOW. For all of those who do not want this legislation, do you not know someone in your family or generally that lacks health insurance?? I do. Insurance is too expensive for many Americans. Those without health insurance just hope that they do not have an accident or get sick.

    Going to emergency care is now so expensive even with health insurance because the uninsured people have to go there if they need care and it is skyrocketing the costs for everyone. This is crazy. DO not let the lies of the Right dissuade you from supporting health care for all. Their argument that they want health care just not this bill is only their attempt to table this forever.

    March 12, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Dean

    Mr Obama
    I would suggest to you to show the American people how you can reduce current costs in Medicare and Medicaid thru reduction of fraud and double or even triple billing of procedures, how you can allow us to get drugs for the same price as they are sold in Canada and how you can hold current costs down before you try to convince the American public that the government can run another program.
    We have the post office, Medicare, Medicaid, veteran's administration medical plans, inefficient congress and any other government program you can think of.
    Even an idiot finally realizes that if you bought 6 Edsels and they were all lemons that it might be best not to buy another Edsel????????

    March 12, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. bess

    they've had a year of full democrat majority in both houses and couldn't get this passed. what difference does 3 days make? what a joke(r).

    March 12, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. ToughLove

    Employees should do what their employers want them to do–or they can quit. The majority of the American people (the employer) DO NOT WANT THIS HEALTHCARE BILL so the President (our employee) should get in line and stop being rebellious or we WILL fire him.

    And for free...I do not want one cent of my tax money going to the murder of innocent children–in the womb, or out.

    March 12, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. mike

    President Obama is a lesson to Americans. Do what is right no matter the oppositiion and noise get even louder!

    March 12, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Pkm the rupubs do not care if you are dieing in the street pass health care now

    March 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. peter

    President Obama will stick around and work what he was elected for by American people.
    We want a president who makes hard choices.
    Go, Mr. President!

    March 12, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Mark

    You mean the final push to push all those that vote for it out of office, correct?

    March 12, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Doc

    Let's make some history. Get it done ASAP!!

    March 12, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Artie

    Whats the big deal? No more attention he commands abroad he might as well stay here and brow beat America into a socialist state!

    March 12, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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