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A Doctor's 9 Predictions About The 'Obamacare Era'

The traditional doctor-patient relationship in which a single doctor gets to know you over years will become a luxury. Those who want a personal physician will have to pay extra for that service. Doctors who chafe at working for big organizations will opt out and charge patients retainer fees.
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Hours From Shutdown, Senate Says No To House Plan

With hours left before a government shutdown, the Senate reconvened this afternoon and promptly said no to the latest House plan to delay the Affordable Care Act in exchange for funding the government.
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Rep. Roe: 'We're Not Interested In A Shutdown'

Melissa Block speaks with Congressman Phil Roe, a House Republican and member of the Tea Party Caucus. He says he's no fan of the healthcare law — but he doesn't want to see a government shutdown either.
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What Happens To The Economy If The Government Shuts Down?

Most analysts are predicting that a shutdown of the federal government will not last long. But there's no guarantee, and the mere possibility that a shut down might drag on was enough to push down the stock market today. It's one of many possible economic impacts a shutdown might have.
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With Shutdown Looming, Senate Takes Up Stopgap Spending Bill

As the U.S. government braces for a shutdown, the Senate voted Monday to reject amendments to a stopgap spending bill passed by the House of Representatives that would have delayed the healthcare law for a year and repeal a tax on medical devices, and returned a "clean" continuing resolution that would keep the government open until Nov. 15 — and leave Obamacare intact — to the House.
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Here's Something Congress Can Agree On: Helium

With the government on the brink of a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together on a law to protect the Federal Helium Reserve. Legislation passed late last week will keep the gas used in party balloons flowing from the national stockpile.
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Who's Likely To Lose The Shutdown 'Blame Game'?

Surveys conducted in the past week or so by Pew, CNN and Gallup show that more Americans think a shutdown would be the fault of Republicans rather than the president.
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The Federal Workforce And Shutdown Politics

Federal workers increasingly find themselves in the middle of partisan feuds. Recent political disputes over spending and the debt ceiling resulted in the so-called "sequester" -- and a cascade of furloughs and pay cuts for the federal work force. And congressional gridlock forces the threat of a government shutdown. We explore where the federal work force and the Washington region's economy fit into the gamesmanship of today's politics.

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Obama And Netanyahu Discuss Iran, Palestinians At White House

Before leaving for the U.S. on Sunday, the Israeli leader promised to warn officials in Washington that they should maintain pressure on Iran to cease its nuclear program.
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International Markets And The Threat Of A U.S. Government Shutdown

With the looming threat of a government shutdown in the U.S., global oil prices are down and trading in Asian markets has slowed. As the financial consequences at home become clearer, we consider the possible economic effects of a shutdown on global markets.

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