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WASHINGTON, D.C. (10/17/2013) - After 16 days, the federal government is open and workers are back on the job, at the cost of $24 billion. 

Enough lawmakers said yes in late night Senate and House votes Wednesday, but the fight over the Affordable Care Act is still alive on Capitol Hill. 

"Look, we all know this is a very bad law, and brought out in a very bad way," said Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA). 

Kelly points out that Healthcare.gov stalled within minutes of its launch on October 1st, leaving millions of Americans without access to the site, unable to create accounts, or shop for plans. 

Now, three weeks later, the Web site still has problems. According to Reuters, the contract to build the federal Web site tripled in cost to $292 million dollars.

The project is contributing to what many lawmakers are calling "out of control spending."

"We've got to get a hold of this," Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said. "If we don't, we're going to be in a situation where our kids and grand kids will not have the opportunities we have had. Eventually we bankrupt the country."

Republicans who voted against re-opening the government, such as Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) are sticking to their beliefs about repealing Obamacare.

"The fight is going to be from the American people saying we can't afford this and this is not what was promised by this president," Latta said. 

Democrats see the fight a different way, standing firm on their backing of the president's health care plan.

"I hope they don't want to take insurance away from people who have preexisting conditions," Sen. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) said. "I hope they don't want to take away annual wellness checks and women's health care benefits."

Benefits that Republicans say they will continue to fight over. But Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) has strong words for his Republican counterparts.

"This didn't work. You failed," he said. 

There is a compromise for now, but Democrats and Republicans think differently about whether or not the shutdown was worth it, and whether or not Obamacare should stay. 

 

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    (04/19/2014) - A plane crashed in Shiawassee County Saturday afternoon around 2:00 p.m. The plane went down in a field on M-13 and Potter Road. That is just near the Genesee County border. The Shiawassee County sheriff says two men died in the crash. According to online records, the plane was a two seater, single engine, and propeller powered. It was a replica of a Russian military plane. The plane is registered to Haywards Aviation in Vassar, Tuscola County. A pilot from the scene told ABC1...
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