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Thousands of Ohio Workers Affected By Government Shutdown

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As we continue to follow the government shutdown in Washington, D.C., we are getting a better picture at the kind of affect it’s having on people here in Ohio. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow takes a closer look at the impacts of the shutdown.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm

52,000 Ohioans are at risk of being furloughed due to the federal government shutdown, according to the advocacy group Ohio Fair Share.

Some effects of the shutdown were immediate. Regional Social Security offices have canceled in-person appointments and the state’s national parks and forests are closed.

Ohio Fair Share’s Randi Gregory says other impacts are yet to be seen. “Because of the shutdown, millions of working Americans could be affected. Thousands of small businesses will not receive their small business loans. Military pay could be delayed for tens of thousands of people in Ohio.”

At the heart of the debate is the health care law known as the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as ObamaCare. There are U.S. House Republicans who want to change the law using the federal spending plan. It’s a move President Obama and the Democratically-controlled Senate refuse to make.

Ohio Fair Share sides with the Democrats and believes it’s unreasonable for the House to force changes to the health care law.

“The president won re-election, he ran on that and it is the lay of the land now," Gregory says. "It went to the Supreme Court, it was deemed to be constitutional. So they need to concede to that fact and not try to hold everyone else hostage because they’re angry that they lost.”

Republican Congressman Pat Tiberi chides Senate Democrats for what he describes as an unwillingness to compromise. He says the House Republicans are the only ones ready to negotiate.

As for Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown, he says the House is being unreasonable and that Speaker John Boehner is being held hostage by the radical members of his own party. Brown adds that he will not accept any salary he accrues during the shutdown.

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