Updated 11:30 p.m. | President Barack Obama pronounced himself “ready to sign” a bipartisan “doc fix” Wednesday.
“I’ve got my pen ready to sign a good, bipartisan bill,” Obama said at an event that amounted to a victory lap for the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. He said he loves to sign bipartisan legislation and hopes to see more efforts to work together, and said the health care law works, crediting it with saving lives while reducing health care cost growth and the deficit.
The bipartisan doc fix negotiated by Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is slated to move through the House this week, although it faces opposition particularly among fiscal conservatives who are upset it will add to the deficit for years to come. Senate Democrats also have yet to sign on, and it’s unclear if the Senate will be able to clear the bill before leaving town for the Easter recess.
On Obamacare, the president trolled Republicans, saying he was happy to share the credit for the law with them, noting it was based on the Massachusetts health care law put in place by then-Gov. Mitt Romney.
And he tweaked them for failing to agree on an alternative in what has become a standard Obama applause line.
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