President Obama Blames GOP ‘Ideological Crusade’ for Government Shutdown

Congressional Republicans are “demanding ransom” by refusing to fund the government unless Democrats agree to alter the nation’s divisive health care law, President Obama said in a Rose Garden address today.

“I will not give in to reckless demands,” he said.

“They’re shutting down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health care to many Americans. They are demanding ransom just for doing their job,” he added, flanked by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and beneficiaries of the health care law’s new provisions.

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