WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that if the new Republican-controlled Congress sends him a repeal of the President’s signature health care law, he will not sign it.
“On health care, there are certainly some lines I’m going to draw,” Obama said at a press conference in the White House. “Repeal of the law I won’t sign. Efforts that would take away health care for the 10 million people who now have it and the millions more who are eligible to get it, we’re not going to support. In some cases there may be recommendations that Republicans have for changes that would undermine the structure of the law, and I’ll be very honest with them about that and say, ‘look, the law doesn’t work if you pull out this piece of that piece.'”
However, Obama said that if Republicans bring him ways to improve the Affordable Care Act, the President will be “responsive” to their ideas.
The president also repeated his call for Congress to act on comprehensive immigration reform. He began his first comments following Tuesday’s midterm elections, to say again that he will use executive actions to do what he thinks will improve the immigration process.
“Before the end of the year, we’re going to take whatever lawful actions that I believe I can take that will improve the functioning of our immigration system,” Obama said.
The president said he was willing to work with Republicans, whom he also said “deserved credit” for their showing at the polls Tuesday, which ousted Democrats from control of the U.S. Senate and increased the number of seats the GOP have in the U.S. House.
“If they want to get a bill done, whether it’s here in the lame duck or next year, then I am eager to see what they have to offer. But what I’m not going to do is just wait. I think it’s fair to say that I have shown a lot of patience.”