Obama Presses Republicans to Work With Him on Economy

President Barack Obama accused Republicans in Congress of focusing on trying to damage him politically at the expense of programs and legislation that would help the U.S. economy.

Speaking to an audience of movie industry workers today in California, Obama said Republicans in the House voted more than 40 times trying to repeal the 2010 health-care law rather than take up proposals he’s made to rebuild U.S. infrastructure and improve education.

“We’d be a lot further along without some of the dysfunction and obstruction we’ve seen in Washington,” Obama said at the film studios of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. (DWA) in Glendale, California.

DreamWorks Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Katzenberg is a top Obama donor. Before the president spoke, Katzenberg gave him a tour of the facility and hosted a talk with entertainment industry executives, including Jim Gianopulos, CEO of of Fox Filmed Entertainment, and Bob Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Co.

Obama defended his health-care law while promoting the success of the entertainment industry as an engine for job growth, including for middle-income Americans who work at studios.

He vowed to press ahead with the health-care law’s implementation.

Obama said he’s “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.”

The speech was Obama’s final stop on a three-day West Coast swing mostly focused on raising money for Democratic congressional candidates for the 2014 midterm elections. He appeared at seven fundraisers as the party tries to maintain a majority in the U.S. Senate and make gains in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

This morning he spoke to donors at a Los Angeles fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at the home of television producer Marta Kauffman, where about 30 supporters paid up to $32,400 to attend.

To contact the reporter on this story: Julie Bykowicz in Glendale, California at jbykowicz@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net

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