Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that "it's clear" Congress is "on the precipice" of passing a sweeping health care reform bill.
"There are some differences that still have to be worked on," he said at the White House. But "there is broad consensus around reforms."
The president said Congress "simply cannot let differences" over specific elements of the plan prevent passage of a bill. "There's too much at stake," he warned.
"Any fair reading of this bill" meets the administration's criteria of lowering costs and expanding coverage while not adding to the federal deficit, he claimed.
"I'm feeling cautiously optimistic we can get this done," he said.
Obama made his remarks shortly after meeting with Senate Democrats.