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White House aides on Sunday were largely evasive about the president’s stance on the public option, abortion funding and other sticking points between the House and Senate bills.

“I think the president would tell you that what he sees in each of these bills is, in many cases, virtually identical,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“The major parts of health care reform that the president sought to have enacted as a candidate are now very close to happening, and he thinks the commonality between the two proposals overlaps quite a bit,” he said.