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State of the Union: President defends health care overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is defending his landmark health care overhaul bill against Republican efforts to repeal it.

Obama says he knows there's opposition to the bill extending insurance coverage to 30 million people. But he said he's not willing to go back to the days when insurance companies could deny coverage.

The Republican-controlled House repealed the bill last week but it's not expected to go anywhere in the Senate.

In remarks prepared for delivery in his State of the Union address Tuesday, Obama said he wants to work with Congress to further reduce the cost of health care, including state reforms to the medical malpractice system.

But he didn't endorse capping payouts in malpractice lawsuits. That's a GOP idea that would yield big savings but is opposed by trial lawyers.

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