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August 2, 2014

What Shuts Down in a Government Shutdown?

If Congress fails to reach a budget deal in the next week, the federal government will shut down on October 1, the same day that key pieces of President Obama’s health care reform law are supposed to launch. Sarah Kliff says that “the Affordable Care Act could actually function during a stoppage in federal funding remarkably well.”

“The law uses mandatory funds for its really big programs. That includes the new online marketplaces, known as exchanges, where uninsured people will be able to shop for coverage. The Medicaid expansion is funded with mandatory funding, as are the billions in federal tax credits to help with purchasing coverage.”

Meanwhile, The Hill reports that “service members would continue to work in the event of a government shutdown, but they would not receive their paychecks until the shutdown ends… Civilian Pentagon employees, however, would not receive retroactive pay.”

Elsewhere, The Hill quotes Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy, saying that “The vast majority of people at EPA will not be working.”

  • edan

    Shut it down. Overpaid government employees need a paycut, even if it is just temporary.

    • J.J.

      Most get paid below $40K … that’s not good in high cost-of-living areas such as Washington and NYC areas.

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