This afternoon President
Some 7.1 million Americans have signed up for
The president was clearly enjoying delivering the news: "This law is doing what it's supposed to do," he said. "It's working. It's helping people from coast to coast." He seemed bemused by the continuing efforts of Republicans do undo the legislation. "Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance? Why are they so mad about the idea of people having health insurance?"
Republicans were quick to jump on what a spokesman for House Speaker
But Obama had already brushed off such criticisms.
"Many of the tall tales have been debunked. There are still no death panels. Armageddon has not arrived. Instead this law has helped millions of Americans. The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay."
Here's what some reporters, supporters and critics were tweeting during his remarks:
— Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) April 1, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP)_ Obama: 7.1 million Americans sign up for health care, despite lost weeks at the start.