President Obama said Monday that he "shouldn't have to offer anything" in exchange for Republicans voting to keep the government funded.
"They're not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do," the president told NPR News. "That's part of their basic function of government; that's not doing me a favor. That's doing what the American people sent them here to do, carrying out their responsibilities."
Obama said in the interview, taped shortly before he delivered a statement from the White House, that there remained an opportunity to avert a shutdown.
But the president indicated he would only accept a so-called “clean” continuing resolution that does not make changes to his healthcare law.
Republicans in the House plan to proceed on Monday evening to a vote on legislation that would tie government funding to a one-year delay of the ObamaCare mandate to have insurance.
Senate Democrats and the White House have said they would reject such a proposal out of hand.
Asked if the House was any closer to a bill that he might approve, Obama told NPR, "No."
The president said he considered the healthcare law non-negotiable.
"We're not going to delay the Affordable Care Act," Obama said. "There are millions of Americans, right now, who don't have health insurance and they are, finally, after decades going to be in a position where they can get get affordable healthcare just like everybody else and that means that their families, their kids, themselves, the've got the basic security that you and I enjoy.
“And the notion that we would even delay them getting that kind of peace of mind, potentially going to a doctor to get treated for illnesses that they currently have simply because the Republicans have decided, ideologically, that they're opposed to the Affordable Care Act is not something that we're going to be discussing."