In an interview with radio show host Steve Harvey, President Obama encouraged more Americans to sign up for Obamacare so that the program could succeed.

"The more people sign up, the more folks are part of the overall pool that spreads risk around, because you never know if you are getting sick, but, you know, when you're with a bunch of people, that means, you know, any single illness in that group, you know, the risk is spread out among everybody, the costs are spread out," he said during an interview aired on the Steve Harvey Morning show Thursday morning.

Obama reminded the audience that it was more important than ever to sign up as soon as possible before the March 31 deadline in spite of what they might have heard about the program.

"The bottom line is there are folks out there who don't want to see this program succeed, and there are folks out there who don't want to see you get health insurance if you don't have it," Obama said.

Obama pointed out to the audience that Obamacare was the result of an important fight in America for many years.

"We fought very hard, and generations before us fought hard, to make sure that we had this opportunity," Obama said.

The Washington Examiner's Philip Klein reported Wednesday that about 3.3 million people have signed up for private insurance through Obamacare as of Feb. 1, but that number still lags behind the administration's original forecast of 4.4 million.