Shortly after midnight Sunday morning, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would keep the government's lights on. It would also delay the Affordable Care Act for a year, making the legislation a non-starter for Senate Democrats and the president.
The ball is back in the Senate's court now, with fewer than 40 hours until a government shutdown begins.
The House bill does three things. First, it's a temporary measure to keep government operations funded through the middle of December.
The Affordable Care Act requires nearly every American to have health insurance or pay a penalty, beginning Jan. 1. The so-called "individual mandate" has been controversial ever since the law was passed.
But for people who fall into a few select categories, the mandate doesn't apply. Like Native Americans who get health coverage through the Indian Health Service, or people who are incarcerated.
Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 6:52 am
Speaker of the House John Boehner arrives at the Capitol on Saturday.
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Updated at 12:24 a.m. ET Sunday
The House voted early Sunday to tie government funding to a one-year delay in implementing Obamacare, sending the dispute back to the Senate, where it is certain to get a frosty reception. The House measure also repeals the Affordable Care Act's tax on medical devices.
House Republicans have insisted that a spending bill contain language defunding Obamacare.
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Update At 3:50 p.m. EDT.
President Obama on Friday praised the Senate for passing a spending bill to keep the federal government operating and called House GOP efforts to tie approving the measure to defunding the Affordable Care Act "political grandstanding."
He said that despite Republican hopes that Obamacare will be repealed, "That's not going to happen," accusing Republicans of threatening to "blow up the entire economy."
No one has the right to precipitate such a crisis, he said, "just because there are a couple of laws you don't like."
Chicago insurance broker Sean Whaley told The Associated Press earlier this month that his self-employed clients were frustrated that didn't have the information to plan ahead for their families' health care costs in 2014.
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This week the Department of Health and Human Services released a ton of information about how insurance sold in 36 states under the Affordable Care Act will work.
Most of it came in the form of data showing the number of carriers and their premium prices in hundreds of regions.
Until now we've seen information on subsidized policies to be sold through online marketplaces released in trickles by states that are creating their own online portals.