Obama Pushing Health Reform, Meets with Caucuses

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama meets today with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as he continues his push for health care legislation.

The White House also says the president will travel to northeastern Ohio on Monday. He'll appear near the hometown of an uninsured cancer patient named Natoma Canfield, whom the president has made a symbol of the need for reform. It will be Obama's third event on health care in a week. Yesterday, in St. Charles, Mo., the president shouted to a crowd: "The time for talk is over. It's time to vote."

Meanwhile, congressional leaders and administration officials are reported close to agreement on key issues following a closed-door meeting in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office last night.

Democrats still need to see a final cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office. They want to ensure it stays around $950 billion over 10 years. But they also made plans to begin to read the bill to rank-and-file Democrats at a caucus meeting today.

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