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Mar 15, 2010 1:16 PM

Obama uses woman's story to push health care bill

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - President Barack Obama is trying to put the political fight of his presidency in personal terms - the story of an uninsured woman battling cancer.

Obama on Monday brought his closing campaign for a massive health care bill to northeast Ohio, specifically because of Natoma Canfield.

The self-employed cleaning woman had written him in exasperation about having to drop her health insurance in January when her health insurance premium rose to nearly $8,500 a year.

Canfield could not be on stage with Obama because she is undergoing treatment for leukemia.

Northeast Ohio is home to two Democrats who voted against the bill last November, Dennis Kucinich and John Boccieri, and one who voted for the bill but is undecided, Betty Sutton. Kucinich accompanied Obama on Air Force One.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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