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Harkin: Americans are ‘hungry’ for ObamaCare

Harkin, who serves as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said nearly 5 million people visited healthcare.gov within the first 24 hours of it launching Tuesday.

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Harkin admitted that the website experienced “glitches,” but said that was because the administration didn’t expect so many people to visit the website on the first day — Oct. 1. 

Lawmakers also failed to reach a deal Tuesday to keep the government funded — Harkin blamed that on Republicans.

“Republican still want to hold the government hostage and defund the Affordable Care Act,” Harkin said. “Republicans are still trying to stop [ObamaCare].”

House Republicans have tried to attach riders to defund and delay ObamaCare, but Senate Democrats have said they will only accept a “clean” CR.

It's unclear where the fight will go from here, with both sides digging in for the first government shutdown since 1996. 

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