Obama Travels to Talk Economy, Health Care

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President Barack Obama goes on the road again Tuesday with his message of the economy's recovery.
The president will speak before an audience of General Motors workers in Warren, Ohio and union workers at the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Obama has credited his administration and the $787 billion stimulus for pulling the economy back from the brink of decline. 
While visiting Wall Street on Monday, he told traders there would be no more bailouts.  He also scolded the financial industry for reckless behavior and unchecked excess.
He also promised the worst is over.

"The work of recovery continues," Obama said. "And though I will never be satisfied while people are out of work and our financial system is weakened, we can be confident that the storms of the past two years are beginning to break."
For nearly six million unemployed workers, the president's promises of recovery still seem a long way off -- that is one reason why he will be talking directly to them Tuesday.

"I did everything right," said Rick Hirst, who lost his job. "I got schooling. I stuck with my jobs. I did my best. I didn't lie, cheat or steal.  Why am I not in the ranks of the employed?"
To prevent another financial crisis like last year's on Wall Street, the president will ask Congress to approve new rules to protect consumers.  He has also said wants a new federal agency to enforce those rules.

Obama will also try to tie in job creation with health care during his address on Tuesday. He will tell union workers in Pittsburgh that his health care plan will help fix the economy.
Unemployment in the U.S. currently stands at nearly 10 percent, which is the highest level in 26 years.

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