President Obama Vows Not to Abandon Health Care Reform During Trip to Ohio

Conceding his health care overhaul had “run into a bit of a buzz saw,’’ President Obama vowed on Friday to keep fighting for legislation that will “hold the insurance industry accountable and bring more stability and security to folks in our health care system.’’

Mr. Obama came to this Cleveland suburb — where unemployment has hit 10.9 percent, according to figures released Friday — to defend his record and spread the word that his White House is focused on economic recovery and job growth. But with his health care bill in disarray in the wake of the recent Republican Senate victory in Massachusetts, Mr. Obama also sought to send a message that he is not giving up on a health overhaul, his top domestic priority.

On his tour of Lorain County, Ohio today, President Barack Obama has opted against a stop at a health care equipment business for something more apropos for Democrats battered this week by the loss of their 60-vote Senate majority—a protective helmet maker.

In planning today’s visit focused on job creation and the economy, White House officials nixed a visit to high-tech wheelchair maker Invacare Corporation. Invacare, with 1,300 workers, is the region’s biggest factory, but as a health care business it was maybe too reminiscent of a certain bill that is now on the endangered list after Sen.-elect Scott Brown, who opposes the health care overhaul, won in a stunning upset Tuesday night and threw the bill’s fate into question.