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Senate Democrats stand by Obamacare as government shutdown looms

Democrats who control the Senate were confident that they would defeat Republicans' efforts to delay "Obamacare" health reforms.

President Obama, Obamacare President Barack Obama has dug in his heels on the latest Republican tactics to derail his signature health program.
Credit: Reuters

Democrats who control the Senate were confident that they would defeat Republicans' efforts to delay the Affordable Care Act's health reforms on Monday and send a "clean" bill to keep the federal government operating back to the House of Representatives.

As a midnight shutdown deadline loomed, senior Democratic aides said the Senate would take a simple majority vote shortly after 2 p.m. to strip out two Republican amendments from the funding measure — one that would delay the healthcare reforms and another that would repeal a tax on medical devices that helps fund health insurance subsidies.

Democrats control the 100-seat Senate with 54 votes, including two independent senators.

 
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