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Obama says Republicans aim to shut down federal government Tuesday over Affordable Care Act

President Obama delivers his weekly address on September 28th, 2013
President Obama delivers his weekly address on September 28th, 2013

WASHINGTON – President Obama said Saturday that Republicans aim to shut down the federal government Tuesday just to slow down the Affordable Care Act.

In his weekly address, President Obama says that on October 1st, a big part of the Affordable Care Act will go live and give uninsured Americans the chance to buy “the same quality, affordable health care as everyone else.”

The President warned that party politics could damage the economy.

“A group of far-right Republicans in Congress might choose to shut down the government and potentially damage the economy just because they don’t like this law.

The President urged Congress to both pass a budget by Monday and raise the nation’s debt ceiling so that “we can keep growing the economy.”

He also said that those without health insurance and those who buy it on the individual market should visit to find out how to get covered on Tuesday.

“If you’re one of the vast majority of Americans who already have health care, you already have new benefits you didn’t before, like free mammograms and contraceptive care with no copay, and discounts on prescription medicine for seniors. You’ve already got new protections in place too, like no more lifetime limits on your care, no more discriminating against children with preexisting conditions like asthma, or being able to stay on your parents’ plan until you turn 26.”

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