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Obama lays out his goal

From NBC's Mark Murray
In his opening remarks, President Obama just said: "What I'm hoping to accomplish today is … to focus on where we agree, because there actually is some significant agreement."

And in the beginning, he mentioned statements that GOP participants John McCain, Chuck Grassley, Mike Enzi, and Mitch McConnell said about the need for health reform. 

Obama said that in each of the four discussions -- on controlling costs, insurance reforms, reducing the deficit, and expanding coverage -- he will begin by mentioning where Democrats and Republicans agree. "Then let's talk about where we disagree and bridge the gaps."