US government 'shutdown': what it means for you

Sarah Coles
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At the beginning of the month the US government officially shut down. Republicans and Democrats couldn't agree the annual budget. Specifically Republicans would only pass it if it included measures to derail President Obama's healthcare plan - Obamacare. Democrats refused to pass anything that endangered the plan.

The stalemate ended in a shutdown. So what is it, and will this affect you?
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