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Obama Postpones Asia Trip to Focus On Health Care

Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 01:56 PM

President Barack Obama is postponing his trip to Asia until June so he can stay in Washington for a possible Sunday vote on his health care overhaul plan.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says Obama has called the leaders of Indonesia and Australia to express his regret that he will not be able to visit their nations. Obama had already pushed the trip back once, delaying his orginally scheduled March 18 departure until Sunday so he could help Democrats on Capitol Hill rally last-minute votes for the plan.

House Democrats say they are on track to vote Sunday on a $940 billion health care bill that will expand coverage to millions.

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