WASHINGTON, April 17 President Barack Obama
delivered a vigorous defense of his signature healthcare law on
Thursday, saying private insurance enrollment under it has
reached 8 million people and faulting Republicans for failing to
agree with him that "this thing is working."
"I've said before this law won't solve all the problems in
our healthcare system. We know we've got more work to do. But we
now know for a fact that repealing the Affordable Care Act would
increase the deficit, raise premiums for millions of Americans
and take insurance away from millions more," Obama told
reporters at the White House.
"Which is why, as I've said before, I find it strange that
the Republican position on this law is still stuck in the same
place that it has always been. They still can't bring themselves
to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working," Obama added.
(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Eric Beech)