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2:58pm

Tue September 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

Would A Federal Shutdown Delay Health Care Exchanges?

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 6:27 am

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz leaves the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon Tuesday, shortly before beginning a filibuster against Obamacare.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Well, it's almost Oct. 1, the day of a threatened government shutdown and the day state health insurance exchanges are scheduled to begin operations.

Those are the online marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act where people can compare health plans and sign up for coverage.

Would closing down the government delay the opening of the health exchanges?

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3:29am

Sat September 21, 2013
It's All Politics

Have Obama's Troubles Weakened Him For Fall's Fiscal Fights?

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 9:34 am

President Obama arrives on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday.
Evan Vucci AP

President Obama has had a tough year. He failed to pass gun legislation. Plans for an immigration overhaul have stalled in the House. He barely escaped what would have been a humiliating rejection by Congress on his plan to strike Syria.

Just this week, his own Democrats forced Larry Summers, the president's first choice to head the Federal Reserve, to withdraw.

Former Clinton White House aide Bill Galston says all these issues have weakened the unity of the president's coalition.

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2:52pm

Fri September 20, 2013
Politics

Obama's Latest Challenges Go Beyond The GOP

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 3:54 pm

President Obama gestures as he speaks to workers at the Ford Kansas City Stamping Plant in Liberty, Mo., on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

President Obama took his fiscal fight with congressional Republicans to America's heartland Friday. Speaking at a Ford assembly plant near Kansas City, Mo., Obama warned that the federal government could turn into a "deadbeat" unless Congress passes a stopgap spending bill and agrees to raise the debt limit within the next few weeks.

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9:22am

Fri September 20, 2013
Politics

House GOP Votes To Fund Government, Kill Obamacare

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 3:37 pm

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) talks to reporters Thursday about the deadline to fund the government while simultaneously eliminating President Obama's health care law.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The Republican-controlled House has voted to keep the government funded but its "continuing resolution" comes with a poison pill to defund the Affordable Care Act that Democrats have vowed is dead on arrival in the Senate.

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1:28am

Fri September 20, 2013
It's All Politics

House Nears Vote To Fund Government, Defund Obamacare

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 9:18 am

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks about the deadline to fund the government Thursday on Capitol Hill.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The Republican-controlled House is set to vote Friday on a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open for business through the middle of December. And the White House has already said if it makes it to the president's desk, he'll veto it. That's because the bill also would defund the Affordable Care Act.

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