Obama: GOP Going Through ‘Stages of Grief’ over Obamacare

President Obama mocked Republican opponents of his health care law on Thursday, saying that they were going through the “stages of grief” and that critics should accept that the law is here to stay.

“I recognize that their party is going through, you know, the stages of grief, right?,” said Obama during a press briefing at the White House. “Anger and denial and all that stuff and it — we’re not at acceptance yet — but at some point, my assumption is, is that there will be an interest to figure out how do we make this work in the best way possible.”

Obama announced Thursday that 8 million consumers had signed up for Obamacare’s insurance exchanges and said that the successful enrollment period should end the debate over the law’s future.

Republicans, though, say they will press ahead with efforts to undo his signature domestic initiative.

Obama said that he was open to changing parts of the law to make it work better, but said that would “require a change in attitude on the part of the Republicans.”