Surrounded by people benefiting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama marked the opening of health insurance exchanges by blaming Congressional Republicans for the partial shutdown of the federal government.
The President said that the historic opening of the exchanges took place despite Republican efforts to block the ACA. He rejected charges that the health law was impacting jobs or the economy and said that uncertainty over the stalemates in Congress was slowing the recovery.
President Obama urged Congress to work with him to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling.
The health insurance marketplace opened around the country October 1st with the website HealthCare.gov now up and running.
On Monday, President Obama spoke about the government shutdown. He outlined the government functions that would still occur during a shut down, including those related to national security. The Postal service would continue to deliver mail and Social Security checks would be issued.
He emphasized that many government functions would cease. All national parks and monuments would close, including the Smithsonians, and bank loans that rely on federal background and credit checks would stop, among other things.
He also highlighted the health care exchanges that will open Tuesday morning, which are a part of the President's signature health care law. Defunding or delaying the Affordable Care Act is a key sticking point for the House Republicans during these government funding debates.