WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is making a furious, final push to get a health care bill passed. But his effort threatens to shove aside the message he promised would top his to-do list this year: creating jobs.
As Obama himself put it this week, from now until Congress takes a final vote on a health care overhaul, "I will do everything in my power to make the case for reform."
He has a shrinking window to find enough votes among Democrats to pass health care legislation so he can free himself to spend more time on finding ways to create jobs and aid the economy.
Polling shows the economy remains a bigger personal worry to people than the cost, access and coverage problems associated with the health care system.