Negotiations Related To Health Care Act Fail; Government Shuts Down

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The federal government partially shut down just after midnight Oct. 1 after the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate continued to reject demands by the Republican-controlled House to impose a one-year delay of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and to repeal a tax on medical devices as part of budget negotiations. Health care exchanges – a key component of the act – still open Oct. 1.

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