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Affordable Care Act Round-Up: GOP Aims to Block Health Law to Fund Government

By Vishal Persaud
|  Monday, Mar 31, 2014  |  Updated 4:48 AM EDT
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Affordable Care Act Round-Up: GOP Aims to Block Health Law to Fund Government

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Collectively, Republicans have proposed blocking the Affordable Care Act – in which open enrollment begins on Oct. 1 - for a year to fund the government.

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Congress and President Barack Obama are heading towards a budget showdown, as the government will run out of money at the end of September. Republicans have proposed blocking the Affordable Care Act – in which open enrollment begins on Oct. 1 - for a year to fund the government.

Pressed From His Right, Speaker Yields on Budget Showdown (NY Times)

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  • As the government is set to run out of money at the end of September, House Republicans, led by Speaker of the House John Boehner introduced a bill to fund the government and block the Affordable Care Act from going into effect for a year.
  • The House's spending measure would finance the government through Dec. 15 at the current spending levels and block the health care law for a year.
  • If passed in the House on Friday, Republicans could put forth a measure that would also increase the debt ceiling for a year in addition to blocking provisions of the Affordable Care Act, expedite construction of the Keystone pipeline, and set a timeline for an overhaul of the federal tax code.

Howard Schultz: Obamacare Is 'A Good Thing For The Country' (The Huffington Post)

  • Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said that the Affordable Care Act is "a good thing for the country" in an interview with Maria Bartiromo, a CNBC anchor and USA Today contributor.
  • His remarks come after he announced that he would not use the health care law to cut health benefits or hours for workers at Starbucks.
  • Schultz suggested in the interview that his support for the law was based on the belief that companies "need to significantly invest back into the country."
     

For complete coverage of the Affordable Care Act implementation as well as tools, calculators, state-by-state information and a detailed FAQ, visit our ACA section.

 

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