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Shutdown politics, glitchy Obamacare rollout, Hope Awards finalist
Today’s news and a report on the politics of shutdown and the glitches of the health system at the center of the impasse, plus: a profile of WORLD News Group’s East Region finalist in the 2013 Hope Awards for Effective Compassion, and more.
Obamacare: Americans got their first chance Tuesday to sign up for government health insurance using the online marketplaces that are at the heart of President Obama's health law, but government websites designed to sell the policies struggled to handle the traffic, with many frustrated users reporting trouble setting up accounts. Administration officials counted that as strong consumer interest.
Government shutdown: The vast machinery of government clanged into partial shutdown mode on Tuesday amid suggestions from leaders in both parties that the shutdown, heading for its second day, could last for weeks and lead to an impasse on the nation's debt ceiling.
Medical ethics: As the insurance exchanges open for business, many Christian physicians are concerned about its implications. Gene Rudd of the Christian Medical Association says many of his member doctors “don’t know what the effect’s going to be on the patient interaction part or where their patients are going to have to go from one physician to another because of the exchanges.” As the law takes effect, Rudd says most CMA members have said they would quit medicine rather than violate their convictions.
Israel, Iran, UN: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played the spoiler to Iran's attempts to ease relations with the West, calling the Iranian leader "a wolf in sheep's clothing" and declaring that Israel will do whatever it takes to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, even if it has to stand alone. Speaking to world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu gave a point-by-point rebuttal of President Hassan Rouhani's speech last week signaling a willingness to discuss Iran's nuclear program.
Business: Who’s afraid of the big bad government shutdown? Not the U.S. stock markets, apparently. Stocks climbed on Tuesday, bouncing back from two previous days of declines. Analysts are betting that the fundamentals of companies and the economy will not be affected by what’s going on in Washington, at least not in the short term.
“Health insurance marketplace: please wait”
TW&E reporter Jim Henry on the partial government shutdown and the battle over the glitchy health law that prompted the fight that led to it.
Hope Award profile: Our East Region finalist
WORLD News Group’s Christina Darnell visits Hope Christian Center in New York City, a residential discipleship program for men with life-controlling problems. Learn more about WORLD’s 8th Annual Hope Award for Effective Compassion.