However, he expressed concern that Republican lawmakers' efforts to repeal the law offer little in terms of replacement legislation, despite their criticism of the Affordable Care Act.
“There's not even a pretense now that they are going to replace it with something better,” he said. He later noted: “It's just become an ideological fixation.”
The open-enrollment season for 2014 begins Oct. 1, which will allow millions of uninsured Americans to purchase federally subsidized health insurance through state insurance exchanges. The ACA's employer mandate, which will require employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide insurance or pay a penalty, was delayed by one year and is now scheduled to go into effect in 2015.
Obama discussed the administration's decision to delay the employer mandate, calling it a technical change to the law that needed to be addressed.
“In a normal political environment, it would have been easier for me to simple call up the Speaker and say, 'You know what? This is a tweak that doesn't go to the essence of the law.' ”
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