WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for insurance under his new health care law, proving that the new system is “here to stay” and denouncing Republican attempts to repeal it.
“This law is doing what it’s supposed to do — it’s working,” Obama said in a celebratory ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.
Also proclaiming that “the debate over repealing this law is over,” Obama said Republicans will have to explain to millions of newly insured Americans why they want to do away with the law, just months before congressional Republicans.
Obama urged Republicans to work with him in the months ahead to improve the law where needed, including expansion of Medicaid in states that have resisted the plan.
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