Obama shifts focus from ObamaCare in bid for momentum

Scrapping a planned push to drive people to the balky website, the White House is organizing a flurry of events on the economy and immigration, as well as health care, a senior administration official said…

A push to raise the minimum wage is also under discussion in the West Wing, people familiar with the issue said. Mr. Obama urged Congress during his State of the Union address early this year to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, from $7.25 now, and index it to inflation. The proposal didn’t gain momentum.

Now, Mr. Obama plans to spend more time on a minimum-wage increase, the senior administration official said, although White House officials said they don’t expect Congress to act on it by the end of the year.

“We are very aware of the fact that health care is going to overshadow November, and it’s probably going to overshadow December, but we want to push on immigration and we want to be pushing on the economy,” the official said.

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