President Obama is congratulating Republicans who scored big gains in this week's midterm elections. In a White House news conference, Obama said he is willing to work with Republicans to "advance America's business" and "get stuff done."
Obama noted that there will continue to be differences but he expressed optimism about striking some bipartisan deals. Republicans won control of the Senate and boosted their majority in the House. They also made some big gains in governors' races.
The President said he would not sign a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, his signature legislative accomplishment. Addressing critics, he argued that no piece of legislation is ever perfect. Obama stressed that he is open to ideas about how to make the law better.
He insisted that the healthcare law is working and is helping to drive down healthcare costs. The second open enrollment period for HealthCare.gov is nearing. A year ago, the website suffered a disastrous launch due to technical problems.
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