WATCH: With 8 Million Total Sign-Ups, President Obama Declares Health Care Law ‘is Working’

President Obama said Thursday that a total of 8 million people signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during the initial enrollment period that ended March 31.

“The Affordable Care Act is now covering more people at less cost” than many predicted, Obama said during a White House news conference.

The rise in health care costs is slowing and previously uninsured Americans are now covered, Obama said, adding: “This thing is working.”

Obama again criticized Republicans who want to repeal the law, saying it’s time to “move on” and focus on jobs and the overall economy. He called for “a change in attitude among the Republicans.”

Congressional Republicans continued to criticize the law, saying it will lead to higher costs and worse health care for most Americans.

“I have a question,” tweeted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. “How many Obamacare enrollees were previously uninsured?”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., cited the number of people who saw previous policies canceled: “Noticeably absent from the President’s remarks today was any mention of the millions of Americans who were deceived about what Obamacare would mean for them and their families.”

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SOURCE: David Jackson and Kelly Kennedy
USA TODAY

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