March 18th, 2010
01:07 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama postpones trip for health care bill

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" President Obama has delayed his trip overseas for the second time due to the health care debate."]

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is postponing a trip to Indonesia and Australia to remain in Washington for the expected House vote on the health care bill, a spokesman said Thursday.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama is likely to make the visit in June. The president had been scheduled to leave for the trip Sunday.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote this weekend on the health care bill passed by the Senate in December.

"The president greatly regrets the delay. ... The passage of health insurance reform is of paramount importance, and the president is determined to see this battle through," Gibbs said.

Obama believes the measure will pass, Gibbs added.

Gibbs also announced a state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderon on May 19.

Updated: 1:50 p.m.

Filed under: Health care • President Obama
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Leslie

    What a thoughtful President!!!!!

    March 18, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Mike Syracuse, NY

    So much for his ability to 'multitask'. I guess they don't have phones in Indonesia.

    March 18, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. jules sand-perkins

    Drop the bill, Obama!
    Take your trip!
    Stay wherever you're going!

    March 18, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |

    President Obama we are truly lucky to have a President like you one who trys for the People!

    March 18, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Jerry - Florida

    Message to President NObama: PLEASE go on your trip!!! And do America a huge favor; STAY THERE!!!

    America has never been more divided. All thanks to you and your moronic/lying administration.

    Stay tuned!

    March 18, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Mike

    Darn, when he is out of the country the economy improves. Who will he apologize to while he remains here.

    March 18, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Andy

    NObama is an egotistical self centered power hungry wanna be dictator-take Castros place and leave America and never come back.You will fit in real good with Cuba and can have your power and socialism.You are the worst thing in America in my 60 years,a real piece of lying spinning phony and your sheep can not see it.

    March 18, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    Good! This means it is struggling in The House and probably will not pass. There is nobody even in Washington DC Republican or Democrat that will stand up and say this is the best we can do.

    Start over. Do better. Really. It is worth getting correct.

    March 18, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Jackie in SC

    This another entitlement for the lazy and worthless that want another free hand out.All you wealth haters,I wish the wealthy would take their money and leave,now who will pay your way?Top 10% pay 77%.50% pay $0/zero/nada for you illegals on the hand out.

    March 18, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. FL

    He needs to go and stay away. Historians will credit him as the most ineffective president in history. All this time on one bill when the only thing the people want and need him to do is get out of the way and let the economy recover. Less government means a healthier economy. He is laughed at by other world leaders who view him as an ineffective one term losser. They do not want to be seen with this idiot. The news reporters here are a joke because the budget they reported for this health care mess are not real numbers. They never calculated all the amendments, which to this point have not even been all written. How stupid do you think we are?

    March 18, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    Iaq war increased deficit. Bush tax cut to the rich increased deficit. Medicare prescription benefits increased deficit. Obama care reduces deficit while covering millions. So,which one do we pick? Stop lies and cowardice. Vote yes now.

    March 18, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Fed Up

    I think this is old news. If Obama had shown some leadership last year, he may not have had to postpone this very important trip.

    March 18, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. John

    We must beat down the republican obstructionism to health care reform and pass a bill now.

    Remember that republicans have been against all national social services including; Medicare, Social Security, the right to vote, minimum wage, collective bargaining, etc. The republicans are the rich peoples party and they view all other as laborers for their wealth generation.

    Middle class America is being destroyed by the republican party and this endless attack on health care reform is just another example of the rich buying media coverage of lies and deception.

    March 18, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. FL for Change

    Let's see...stock market up (record high in over a year), unemployment claims fall, health care reform about to pass...yes, these are reasons to bash the President. Thank you, Mr. President, for putting America first instead of the special interests and lobbyists. I'm so proud of him – and he will get my vote AGAIN in 2012. The party of "NO" is no longer for me.

    March 18, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama is the greatest President in history. The health care reform bill will pass in honor of the late Senator Ted Kennedy.

    March 18, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Reagan raised taxes and tripled the debt.

    Thank you President Obama,you will go down as the best president in years when this passes and it scares the neocons to death.Rush Limbaugh is talking faster than a used car salesman at a flood sale.Hes scared and knows his credibility is in the tank.

    March 18, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    I guess Indonesia and Australia will have to wait for Obama to apologize to them for the previous administration upholding it's constitutional duties. Do they still get a vote in the Nobel Peace Fraud?

    March 18, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Is there some way we can recall every republican from Washington?

    March 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Monkey wrench

    Not to worry liberals, President Obama's historical legacy is more important about getting anything passed than about getting it right, so hang in there, we will get something by hook or by crook.

    March 18, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. angel

    He is not even suppose to leave the country until unemployment is back to 5%. In other words, it means that he is not suppose to travel outside the US during his first and last term. Besides, he is going to those countries to do what? Beg? Bow? Bash America?

    March 18, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom

    Thank you, President Obama! We are all working to pass the Healthcare Bill along with you.

    Please folks email your congressional representatives ask them to vote FOR....... SAVING AMERICAN LIVES!

    March 18, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Mark

    Can you believe this? No, really; can you beleive what is going on? If this bill passes there will be such a vacuum of discontent that the Democrats will not only lose the House and Senate, but it will be so unprecedented that Nancy Pelosi will go down as the most incompetent Speaker in history. It will show a shameful and unexcused loss of control of the 2 Houses that historians will be talking about this into the next century. I really think this is the closest our Country has come to a revolution by the people since the Constitution was signed. I really do not think President Obama and the Democratic leadership really understand how against this bill Americans are and what is about to happen to them politically and historically. American’s will not see this as a win for the President; we will see this as a loss for America. You work for us and for what we want you to do, not to lecture us that you know better. No one gave you that power. Check the oath you all take, you represent our wishes, not your own. There is a lot more smart people outside of Washington than in Washington, so don’t tell us what is good for us.

    March 18, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Cindy

    So, Sasha and Malia, what did you do on your Spring Break?

    "We were suppose to go to Asia, but instead, we stayed home and watched daddy's hair get grayer."

    March 18, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Paul H

    This is Tyranny: the word "tyrant" carries connotations of a harsh and cruel ruler who places his or her own interests or the interests of a small oligarchy over the best interests of the general population, which the tyrant governs or controls. These guys are going to force this Health care bill down our throats! If they do this and we allow it do you really think they will stop there? Do you really think that they won't want to push the Cap and Trade through the same way? And why stop there even!? Why not go after some of our freedoms of speech, or take away our freedoms of religion.
    If they can't pass a bill on an up, or down vote maybe somethings wrong with the bill. Wake up America this is not how it's supposed to be.

    March 18, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Patricia Dickson

    Who God bless no man curse and mr President we are praying for you may God bless you and keep you and cover you and your family under His Precious Blood and no weapon that form against you shall prosper and every tongue that rise up against you shall condem inthe day of judgement we love you and the church is behind you ok so go do what Jehovah God put you there to do in Jesus name.

    March 18, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |