Democrats on Thursday applauded President Obama’s announcement about keeping canceled insurance plans while Republicans assailed him for going around Congress.

Ohio Democrat Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeHouse rejects effort to condemn lawmaker for demanding 'Dreamer' arrests Hispanic Dems seek vote to condemn GOP lawmaker for demanding arrests of 'Dreamers' Dem lawmaker: ‘We are seeing the dumbing down of the presidency’ MORE approved of the president’s decision.

On Thursday afternoon, Obama said the move could prevent existing insurance plans from being canceled by ObamaCare until after the midterm elections next year.

Maryland Republican Rep. Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisTrump nominates Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece to federal planning commission GOP lawmaker asks State Dept to stop funding independent media in Hungary McConnell PAC demands Moore return its money MORE said Obama’s statement wasn’t good enough.

An estimated 5 million people have received cancellation notices since the marketplace was implemented in October.

Obama said he plans to tweak the law’s regulations after lawmakers and former President Clinton pressured him to honor a promise he had made repeatedly during the debate over the law.

Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThe siren of Baton Rouge Big Republican missteps needed for Democrats to win in November What to watch for in the Senate immigration votes MORE (R-Nev.) tweeted that the public deserves better.

His colleague, Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonGingrich says arming teachers only long-term solution to school shootings Florida students turn to activism in wake of shooting CNN invites Trump to town hall with parents, students of Florida high school MORE (D-Fla.), however, said Obama is doing the right thing.

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Randy WeberRandall (Randy) Keith WeberFierce battle erupts over releasing intelligence report Democrats dig for Russian connection and uncover environmentalists Lobbying World MORE, another Texas Republican criticized Obama for not allowing Congress to intervene.

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Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoThe 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework Overnight Energy: Senate panel advances Trump pick for EPA No. 2 | Pruitt questions ‘assumptions’ on climate | Dems want Pruitt recused from climate rule review Senate panel advances Trump pick for No. 2 official at EPA MORE (R-Wyo.) tweeted a map by the Republican Policy Committee showing a significant number of people have had their insurance canceled.

The Republican team on the Senate Budget Committee used the occasion to take a stab at government insurance in general.