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Senate, House ensnared in healthcare controversy

Boston.com / Associated Press, September 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Implacable Republican opposition to Obamacare has Congress once more veering closer to gridlock. In the House, more than 60 conservatives support tacking a one-year delay in implementing the health care law onto a bill needed to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1. Senior leaders warn the GOP could suffer significant political reverses if the party goes along with the plan and President Barack Obama and Democrats resist, as they have made clear they will, but it is strongly backed by senators with tea party ties and their influential allies outside Congress.