A little more than six hours away from a potential government shutdown, and one day before the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment begins, President Obama addressed the nation—and recalcitrant House Republicans—about the possibility that the U.S. government may partially close.
After explaining the severe financial consequences of a shutdown, including thousands of government employees going without pay, Obama made it clear that he had no respect or patience for Republican congresspeople wielding the looming shutdown like a weapon:
One faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government doesn't get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election. Keeping the people's government open is not a concession to me. Keeping vital services running and hundreds of thousands of Americans on the job is not something you give to the other side. It's our basic responsibility.
Obama later added: "You don't got to extract ransom for doing your job."
Earlier today the Senate rejected a budget proposal that would have put off the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate for one year.