Sep. 28 - In his weekly radio address, Obama says a government shutdown would not delay the launch of healthcare exchanges. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama wants people to spread the word about the new healthcare exchanges that will be available as of Tuesday. Speaking in his weekly radio and internet address, he urged Americans who don't have health insurance to sign up for coverage. Obama also pointed the finger at Republicans in Congress who are threatening to shut down the government if the Affordable Care Act is not defunded. "Republicans in the House have been more concerned about appeasing an extreme faction in their party than working to pass a budget that creates new jobs or strengthens the middle class," said Obama. Obama said if a government shutdown were it to occur, it would not affect the opening of the new healthcare exchanges.