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  1. Obamacare Derail: Technical Glitches Succeed Where GOP Fails

    The U.S. federal government shut down for 16 days in October as congressional Republicans attempted to get President Obama to negotiate scaling back his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act. Federal employees were furloughed or left entirely unpaid, parks and monuments shut down, and John Boehner found himself an unhappy hostage of a small but insistent minority in his party, dedicated to pulling a strategy the Speaker had expressly dismissed days before. The shutdown backfired on the Republicans, prompting a popularity boost for Obama — at least until it became apparent that the launch of Obamacare’s online insurance exchange was its own dysfunctional mess.

    Sources: Politico, Slate, Washington PostVanity Fair, WSJ

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