Obama calls on Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act as he holds his final press conference before the end of the year.
“There is no better time to get rid of the ACA than now, and I think Republicans have to get this done as quickly as possible,” Obama said at a news conference.
“But this is a big moment for Republicans to stand up and do it.”
The White House also signaled it might push the party to agree on a budget in order to avoid the potential of a government shutdown.
House Republicans have been pushing for a plan that would fund all of the government’s operating expenses through Dec. 15.
Obama said they will have to come to an agreement by then, which would then force the next congressional election.
“We’re going to have to have a vote on a bill in the coming weeks, but I’m confident that we’re going do it,” he said.
“It’s just important for the next generation of Americans that this bill is done in a way that makes sense, so that we can start working on other issues.”
Democrats in the House have vowed to keep pressing the administration to make progress on a plan to defund Planned Parenthood.
“I want to tell the administration, and every American, that we want to see this bill defund Planned [Parenthood] immediately, because it’s an issue that has really changed the politics of this country, and it has really affected the lives of millions of people,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said at Tuesday’s press conference.
“And we will not rest until we have a budget that will fully fund Planned Parenthood.”