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Obama Blasts Government-Shutdown Threat
PHOTO: Obama Weekly YouTube Address

WASHINGTON - President Obama used his weekly radio/YouTube address to tout the pending implementation of his signature health-care law and bash the GOP for threatening a government shutdown, while Republicans used theirs to call for a delay in one of the Affordable Care Act's controversial provisions, the so-called "individual mandate."

In October, regional exchanges will begin offering private insurance plans for people who are not covered through their employers, and as the Affordable Care Act's rollout continues, it's being contested by Republicans who want to push the law back or halt it entirely, after the Obama administration delayed by one year the requirement that larger businesses supply health insurance to employees.

Obama listed the law's more popular elements, like free mammograms, the requirement that insurers sell coverage despite "preexisting conditions," and the requirement that insurers let young adults stay on their parents' coverage plans until the age of 26.

"It's OK if you're not a fan of the Affordable Care Act," Obama said. "You can take advantage of these things anyway."

The president blasted Republicans who have effectively threatened a government shutdown if "Obamacare" continues as planned. Conservative lawmakers have pledged to oppose renewed government funding, when the tab comes due to Congress this fall in the form of an expired funding measure, if the next funding bill includes money for the Affordable Care Act.

"A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they'll somehow be sticking it to me. But they'd just be sticking it to you," Obama said, accusing Republicans of wanting either to harm sick Americans or to harm the U.S. economy.

"This is not a game. It's about the economic security of millions of families," Obama said.