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Congressman Mark Meadows during a recent visit to Avery County. Photo by Caroline Harris

Originally published: 2013-10-02 15:30:21
Last modified: 2013-10-02 16:16:47

Meadows pens bill to delay Obamacare

Caroline Harris / (

Avery County is having a far-reaching impact on current events in Washington, the government shutdown and the Obamacare debate.

On Oct. 1, a government shutdown and Obamacare hit the same day.

The House and Senate were unable to agree on a budget to fund the federal government prior to the deadline at midnight on Oct. 1. Representatives in the Republican-controlled House passed a version of the budget multiple times with an amendment to repeal Obamacare. Each time, once this version of the budget was passed in the House, the Democrat-controlled Senate would not pass the bill because of the qualifications to it about the healthcare law. If the Senate had passed the budget, it would have also meant agreeing to cancel, delay or change Obamacare. The House was not willing to pass a budget without gutting Obamacare; the Senate was not willing to pass a budget that would.

The House and Senate were at a stalemate, neither side backed down and there were no winners once the deadline finally passed at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 1 and the shutdown began. Meanwhile, open enrollment for Obamacare also started on Oct. 1, right after midnight.

To read the complete story, please pick up a copy of your hometown newspaper, The Avery Journal-Times, available at almost 100 locations in Newland, Banner Elk, Crossnore, Spruce Pine and Roan Mountain, Tenn. To subscribe to The Avery Journal-Times, please call (828) 733-0401 or click to