Caught in the middle of the debt ceiling fight and government shutdown is the Affordable Care Act, which will apparently get some tweaks under a Senate compromise.
These changes fall far short of repeal or wholesale delay of the Act, but they make some noticeable changes for people who have already taken advantage of the open enrollment period now underway.
"Senate Republicans had pushed for an agreement that included a provision to delay or repeal a tax on medical devices, but that became a sticking point in the negotiations and will almost certainly be excluded from the final deal, Senate aides said," our partner The New York Times reports. "But the deal is likely to include a one-year delay of another tax associated with the Affordable Care Act known as the reinsurance tax, which employers pay."
Mary Agnes Carey, senior correspondent for the Kaiser Health News, joins The Takeaway to explain.