President Barack Obama vowed to fend off attacks on his signature health care law during an economy-focused speech at Dreamworks headquarters in California.
Obama lauded Hollywood as "one of America's economic engines" during a speech to cap a West Coast swing -- largely to raise money for Democrats -- before this week's holiday.
But the president also pledged to press forward with implementation of health care reform in the face of continued Republican opposition.
"Yes, we're going to continue to implement the health care law. The product is good, people want it," Obama said during a speech outside of the movie studio's offices in Glendale, Calif.
"Anybody who's going to keep on pushing against that, they will meet my resistance," he added, "because I am willing to fix any problems that there are, but I'm not going to abandon people to make sure that they've got health insurance in this country."
Obama also resuscitated some familiar criticism of congressional Republicans, whom he accused of slowing the progress of agenda items which the president said would help the middle class.
"We'd be a lot further along without some of the dysfunction and obstruction we've seen in Washington," he said.
Referencing the acclaimed "Godfather" movies and one of its main characters, Vito Corleone, Obama added a quip in reference to the GOP.
"It turns out Marlon Brando had it easy because, when it comes to Congress, there's no such thing as an offer they can't refuse," the president joked.
First published November 26 2013, 1:36 PM