President Says Health Law Is 'Here To Stay;' GOP Mulls New Shutdown Plan

House Republicans are considering bringing up spending bills to fund veterans' programs, the National Park Service and federally funded services in Washington to help ease the burdens of the shutdown, the New York Times reports.

The Washington Post: Obama Blames House Republicans For Shutdown, Urges Them To 'Reopen' Government
President Obama, declaring that his signature health-care law is “here to stay,” urged House Republicans on Tuesday to stop trying to derail it and “reopen the government” following a shutdown that took effect at midnight. Appearing in the White House Rose Garden to tout the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, which began enrolling millions of Americans in new health-insurance plans starting Tuesday, Obama placed the blame squarely on what he called a right-wing faction of the Republican Party for pressing "ideological demands" targeting the health-care law in return for approving a short-term budget (Montgomery, Kane and Wilgoren, 10/1). 

The New York Times: House Republicans Are Standing Firm, But Dissent Grows
Republicans remained firm in their insistence that Congressional Democrats and President Obama agree to significant rollbacks in the Affordable Care Act, which began open enrollment on Tuesday, even as most government operations ground to a halt. ... House leaders are presenting to their rank and file a plan to bring to the floor spending bills to fund veterans’ programs, the National Park Service and federally funded services in Washington. The idea is to ameliorate the programs most obviously affected by the shutdown, while pressing for negotiations on a broader reopening of the government tied to changes to Mr. Obama’s health care law. With tangible signs of the shutdown beginning to hit television and circulate online — images of the Lincoln Memorial cordoned off in yellow police tape and tourists being turned away from the Statue of Liberty — all sides were showing indications that pressure to strike a deal was getting hotter (Peters, 10/1).

The Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers, Obama Spar Over Shutdown
To underscore his point, the president used Tuesday's launch of the health-insurance benefits that House Republicans are seeking to defund. Mr. Obama, appearing with people who would benefit from the newly opened Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces, said Republicans have made depriving the uninsured of health care the centerpiece of their agenda, and they were willing to shut down the government to do that. "It's all about rolling back the Affordable Care Act," he said. "This, more than anything else, seems to be what the Republican Party stands for" (Hughes and McCain Nelson, 10/1). 

The Hill: Obama Accuses GOP Of 'Ideological Crusade' On Healthcare, Shutdown
President Obama slammed House Republicans on Tuesday, accusing them of shutting down the government over an "ideological crusade" on healthcare. ... Obama also maintained that he would "not give in to reckless demands" from House Republicans to repeal or delay the Affordable Care Act. "They don't get to hold the entire economy hostage over ideological demands," Obama said (Parnes, 10/1).

The Wall Street Journal: Ryan Looks To Debt Limit For Budget Deal
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) said Tuesday that the upcoming debate on raising the debt limit, not the current government-shutdown budget stalemate, will be the best forum for trying to fashion a budget compromise. ... The White House and Senate Democrats have signaled they are willing to negotiate over the budget or possibly incremental changes in the health care bill such as the effort to curb the medical device tax. But they refuse to do so in connection with the legislation to keep the government funded or to lift the debt ceiling — a setting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said was akin to negotiating "with a gun to our head" (Hook, 10/1).

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