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Obama intensifies healthcare efforts

Washington Post, March 5, 2010

An aide to President Obama urged lawmakers to make substantial progress on his healthcare plan before he leaves on a foreign trip in mid-March, and Obama summoned wavering House Democrats to the White House for a private sales pitch, the Washington Post reports. The president also made a visit to insurance company chief executives to admonish them about what he has called excessive rate increases. The actions reflected President Obama's sense of urgency ifor Congress to pass healthcare reform, reports the Post.