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Tarnished by shutdown battle, health law moves ahead

Crucial provision on marketplaces debuts today

WASHINGTON — Americans lacking health insurance will be able to sign up for coverage beginning Tuesday, federal officials say, despite Tea Party Republicans’ efforts to torpedo President Obama’s health care law or cripple its implementation.

But the debut of the health insurance marketplaces — a critical component of the law that mandates most Americans obtain insurance by January — has been tarnished, politically and practically, by the threat of a government shutdown.

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