"So I’m going to keep doing everything in my power to make sure this law works as it’s supposed to. Because in the United States of America, health insurance isn’t a privilege – it is your right. And we’re going to keep it that way," he said.
"Evidently," the Twitchy staff wrote, "Obama is done kvetching about being 'constrained' by the Constitution."
Obama also claimed that there’s "a group of Republicans in Congress working hard to confuse people, and making empty promises that they’ll either shut down the health care law, or, if they don’t get their way, they’ll shut down the government."
"Think about that. They’re actually having a debate between hurting Americans who will no longer be denied affordable care just because they’ve been sick – and harming the economy and millions of Americans in the process. And many Republicans are more concerned with how badly this debate will hurt them politically than they are with how badly it’ll hurt the country," he added.
The White House also declared health insurance is a "right" on Twitter, prompting a great deal of discussion.
"Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness, and Health Insurance," one person tweeted.
"Actually, liberty from a tyrannical govt is my right," another person tweeted.
"That's funny, in all my studies of the constitution I never saw Health Care mentioned among rights," tweeted "Melissa."
Obama also accused Republicans of not providing answers to constituents without mentioning any names or citing any sources.
"Some even say that if you call their office with questions about the law, they’ll refuse to help. Call me old-fashioned – but that’s lousy constituent service. And it’s not what you deserve," he said.
The administration unilaterally delayed the employer mandate last month for a year, but the individual mandate is still in place. Members of Congress and their staff, however, will be exempt from parts of the law due to its high price tag.
Republicans are debating moves to stop Obamacare that include defunding the massive law.
A poll released Thursday by the Heritage Foundation says that over three-fourths of voters favor either slowing implementation or an outright repeal. Over 44 percent of voters favor repealing the law and 32 percent support slowing down its implementation. Only 20 percent support full implementation of Obamacare, which would explain the administration's drive to gin up support.
Video of Obama's statement can be seen here.
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