In an interview that airs Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, CNN Chief National Correspondent John King pointed out that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, recently told a conservative group Republicans were "'winning the health care debate.'"
The president's response to McConnell was simple but pointed.
"Well, you know... they were saying they were winning during the election, too," Obama told King.
Obama continued to push back against GOP charges illegal immigrants would be able to obtain insurance coverage under his health care plan, saying again he didn't think people in the country illegally should be eligible for coverage.
"Let me be clear - I don't think that illegal immigrants should be covered under this health care plan," the president told King. "There should be a verification mechanism in place. We do that for a whole range of existing social programs. And I think that's a pretty straightforward principle that will be met."