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Obama heading to North Texas on Wednesday

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President Barack Obama will travel to Dallas on Wednesday to thank local volunteers helping enroll Americans in insurance plans as part of the troubled new health care law.

Obama will visit Temple Emanu-El to join canvassers and navigators working with Dallas Area Interfaith.

“He's going to meet with and thank local volunteers who are helping consumers learn about and enroll in quality affordable health insurance plans through the marketplaces,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.

“Dallas is one of the 10 cities with the highest rates of uninsured residents that participate in the federal marketplace. And Dallas has one of the most active groups in the community working on enrollment and outreach efforts,” Carney added.

In recent weeks, as work to fix healthcare.gov continues, administration officials are increasing efforts to educate consumers about other ways they can sign up for insurance.

Obama's is part of a series of trips administration officials are taking to the 10 cities with the highest rates of uninsured residents that participate in the federal marketplace.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan will head to Tampa Friday and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will travel to Orlando Nov. 14.

Other officials have been to San Antonio, Detroit and Atlanta.

Additional events have yet to be announced.

While he’s in North Texas, Obama also is expected to attend two fund-raising events for Democratic political candidates.

The president had been scheduled initially to visit Dallas last month, but the trip was postponed by complications stemming from the partial government shutdown.

Staff writer John Gravois contributed to this report.

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