Monday, October 14, 2013


A Republican source told The Huffington Post that changes to Obamacare's tax on medical devices will not be in the final debt ceiling/CR deal being constructed by the Senate. But there will be a pledge, however informal, to consider that issue when the two sides reprise this debate when the next continuing resolution to fund the government expires on Jan. 15, 2014.

"The package does not include a delay or repeal of the medical device tax, but some assurance would be given by both sides that the issue will remain on the table for Round 2 of negotiations," the source said.

-- Sam Stein

HuffPost's Ariel Edwards-Levy reports:

Nearly three-quarters of Americans disapprove of Republicans' handling of the budget crisis, according to an ABC/Washington Post poll released Monday.

Disapproval of the GOP, which has risen steadily since just before the government shutdown began, is now at 74 percent, up 11 points from late September.

A majority of Americans are also discontented with Democrats' role in the budget negotiations. But disapproval ratings for Democrats in Congress and for President Barack Obama, both of which started at a lower level than disapproval of Republicans in Congress, have remained largely unchanged in the past two weeks.

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