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President Obama set to make case for healthcare reform in prime-time speech

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ADVISORY: President Obama's news conference is scheduled to take place Wednesday night at 5 p.m. Due to this schedule, KHQ will air Local News at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

WASHINGTON. - President Obama's sense that his healthcare reform plan might be in trouble might be spot-on.

He's now seeing reluctance from fellow Democrats, especially on the deadline to pass it.

Mr. Obama's prime-time news conference Wednesday night is a direct-to-the-public approach.

"We are closer than ever before to the reform that the American people need, and we're gonna get the job done," President Obama said Tuesday.

His cabinet's also taking the fight on how best to provide healthcare around and outside Congress.

"The President is committed to some principles, offering coverage to all Americans, lowering the cost for everyone," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

The opposition, though, is just as determined.

On the Today Show South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint deflected criticism that he politicized the debate when he said defeat of the plan would be Mr. Obama's Waterloo.

"There are a lot of things in these bills that are going to alarm the American people," he said. "I'm afraid the President knows that and he wants to push it through before we are able to take a look at what is really in it." 

Wednesday night's is the President's fifth news conference and might be the most contentious since taking office.

GOP's DeMint not backing down

The debate continues in Washington, over just how fast health care reform can and should be done.

President Barack Obama has been pressing the House and Senate to get their plans done by Congress' August break, but that's meeting some resistance from both Republicans and Democrats.

Obama is expected to focus on the issue in a prime-time news conference tonight.

The Republican who has been calling health care the president's Waterloo says it's "not personal," but he's not backing down.

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint tells NBC's "Today" show that the president is on a "spending spree" and someone needs to "put the brakes on."

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