HEALTH CARE: Marketplace Launches Tuesday

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Congress is hours away from causing a government shutdown.

The House of Representatives voted Saturday night to delay the remainder of the Affordable Health Care Act for one year.  That’s the President’s Plan, also known as ‘Obamacare’.  Republicans also passed a temporary spending bill to keep the government going.

Democratic Senate Leaders chose not to meet on Sunday to take it up but said they will reject the plan.  Even if it did clear the Senate, the White House said the President will veto the measure.

If nothing changes, much of the Federal Government could shut down at 12:10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Even if the shutdown happens, part of the Health Care Law will launch as planned.

The new online health exchanges are set to open for enrollment on Tuesday.  Uninsured Iowans will be able to compare and buy health insurance through an online marketplace.

Officials said about 264,000 Iowans could benefit and take part in the new insurance as a result of the new policy.

If you have questions about the Affordable Care Act and whether you can sign up for the new insurance, click here.