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President Obama prepared to take his push for health care reform to the American people in a Wednesday night news conference, with the debate focusing on how much overhaul is needed.

Republican opponents of Democratic bills in the House and Senate say most Americans like the current system and that efforts should focus on making it less expensive and more accessible.

"We ought to target the problems, and there are ways to do that on a bipartisan basis," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told reporters in what was billed as "pre-buttal" to the Obama news conference later Wednesday. Read full article »

CNN's Ted Barrett, Deirdre Walsh, Dana Bash and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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