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President Obama will key in on health care during Thursday visit to Green Bay

Health care reform will be the main subject of President Obama's town hall meeting in Green Bay on Thursday.

That's what White House news secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed Monday.

Obama wants to create a government health plan to compete with private insurers, saying it would make the market more competitive and keep insurers honest.

But Senate Republicans told the president Monday in would create an unlevel playing field, and true competition would eventually disappear.

Obama will appear during a noon-time event Thursday at Green Bay Southwest High School.

Meanwhile, House Republican Paul Ryan of Janesville will hold his own town hall meeting on health reform tonight.

It's part of a teleconference sponsored by the conservative Heritage Foundation, on a GOP alternative Ryan proposed a few weeks back.

It essentially gives the current federal health insurance tax break to individuals instead of companies, and creates state coverage systems in which residents would get guaranteed access.