Pres. Obama blames Republicans for government shutdown
The first partial government shutdown in 17 years,forced hundreds of thousands of federal workers to go home Tuesday -- out of work, and out of luck.
"You really want to know what I think of Congress right now? Honestly, I think they need to get their act together and stop acting like children and pass the budget."
The stalemate in Congress failed to stop the closure of federal agencies and government services across the country on Tuesday.
The Democrat-led Senate had for the fourth time,. thrown out a spending plan by the Republican-led House of Representatives, that aims to undermine President Obama's health care plan.
"Republicans in the House of Representatives refused to fund the government unless we defunded or dismantled the Affordable Care Act. They've shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans."
He also urged the Republicans to raise the 16.7 trillion U.S. dollar debt ceiling that the government expects to hit on October 17th, saying a failure to do so would be devastating to the U.S. economy.
A week-long government shutdown for now, could cut the country's economic growth by a third of a percentage point, according to Goldman Sachs.
While Republicans and Democrats remain at loggerheads over the budget bill, core parts of Obamacare went into effect Tuesday.
The online health insurance marketplaces met with higher than expected demand on their first day live.
Around three million people have visited the federal website since midnight, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Obama administration hopes to have seven million people signed up during the first year, and eventually at least half of the nearly 50 million or 15 percent of Americans who don't have health insurance.
The healthcare plans are slated to begin next year.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.
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