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Obama in Chicago Monday to build pressure on Congress to pass his health care plans

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WASHINGTON--President Obama delivers a speech in Chicago Monday to the American Medical Association to build pressure on Congress to pass his health care reform proposals.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will also return home on Monday--to be a draw at a fund-raiser for Senate Democrats, not to attend the Obama speech.

From the invite: Senate Victory 2010 dinner in Chicago on Monday, June 15th - featuring: The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Senator Dick Durbin (IL), Senator Chris Dodd (CT), Senator Michael Bennet (CO), & Secretary of State & Senate Candidate, Robin Carnahan (MO).

Back on the health speech...

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs at the Wednesday briefing announced the Chicago visit.

"The President will travel on Monday, to Chicago, to address the annual meeting of the American Medical Association. He'll start with the recognition that the health care system status quo is unsustainable and he'll outline the case for health care reform. He'll make clear why we can't afford to wait another year or another administration to bring down costs that are crushing families, businesses, and government.

"In the speech the President will discuss the reasons why past efforts have failed and he'll address the consequences of failing to act again this year. He'll lay out plainly what health care reform will mean for American families and their doctors and what it won't.

"The President will also address the importance of making sure that reform doesn't add to our deficit, and what we can do to strengthen what works in our health care system and to fix what's broken so that we can build -- what we build provides the best care in the world at the lowest cost.

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