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FILE -- President Barack Obama waves from the steps of Air Force One as he prepares to depart Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Obama flees Obamacare disaster for New York fundraiser

Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

As his signature piece of legislation rapidly collapses in a painful, costly and humiliating heap, President Barack Obama heads to New York Friday in search of more 2014 campaign funds, leaving his deputies behind to manage the Obamacare debacle.

The president is flying to his two New York fundraisers on Air Force One gratis because he’s also got a quick non-partisan stop at a local high school.

At the school, named Pathways in Technology Early College High School, “the President will tour a classroom and discuss the importance of ensuring that the next generation of middle class American workers and entrepreneurs have the skills they need to compete and win in a global economy,” said his schedule, released late Thursday.

Obama is expected to say something inspiring and non-partisan to the students before he leaves to meet his wealthy donors.

On Thursday night, Obama met with 30 donors, who paid up to $32,400 per head, at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington D.C. He’s already held more than 20 fundraisers so far this year, according to CBS Radio.

The fundraising is intended to fuel his accelerating campaign to win back the House of Representatives, now under GOP control.

Democrats are hopeful that they can grab a majority in the House, and preserve their majority in the Senate in the November 2014 elections. If they win, Obama gets another two-year chance to fulfill his 2008 promise of “fundamentally transforming” the United States.

However, Obama’s campaign plans are being threatened by major problems in his hugely ambitious 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is forcing nearly all Americans to buy government-designed health-benefit plans.

The program’s website has been crippled since opening day, Oct. 1. That high-profile failure means that relatively few Americans can buy new health-plans to replace the insurance plans that are now being canceled by Obamacare regulations. (Related: Health insurance cancellation notices soar above Obamacare enrollment rates)

The website’s problems were highlighted by a House hearing Thursday, where the GOP slammed Obama’s management of his health care transformation.

Democratic legislators are worried by the growing price of the government-designed Obamacare benefit plans. That’s a major political headache in low-regulation states, such as North Carolina, or rural areas, where voters’ health-care prices are rising fast.