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Kentucky, southern Indiana could see impact of shutdown October 1

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A shutdown could happen if lawmakers don't pass a bill to keep the federal government running which is a likely scenario according to Congressman John Yarmuth.

"I think this is imminent. I've been saying this for a month," said Yarmuth.

As house democrats and republicans wrestle over the Affordable Care Act, Kentucky and southern Indiana will see an immediate impact. Social security checks would still be mailed. Medicare continues and veterans hospitals, like the VA on Zorn Avenue, will stay open. 

National parks would be the first impacted October 1. Visitors may be turned away from Mammoth Cave National Park or the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.

The shutdown will also halt small business loans. The small business administration is deemed a non-essential entity. 

Medical research would stop: the National Institute of Health wouldn't take on new patients or begin new clinical trials. Thousands of employees across the nation would be furloughed mainly because congress is wrangling over the Affordable Care Act.

Kentucky's Governor Steve Beshear wrote a piece in the New York Times claiming the state needs Obamacare.

Parts of the Affordable Care Act are slated to being October 1.

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