Could a government shutdown on Oct. 1 delay the rollout of Obamacare's new health-insurance exchanges? Not a chance, says a White House official.
Oct. 1 – just six days away – is a double deadline. The government will shut down if Congress doesn’t approve (and President Obama sign) new funding, and enrollment begins for the uninsured to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a.k.a. Obamacare.
But if the government shuts down, does that also delay implementation of Obamacare?
In a word, no, says David Simas, deputy senior adviser for communications at the White House.