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Yarmuth: Neither party got what they wanted

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WASHINGTON (WAVE) - As lawmakers continue negotiations to reopen the federal government, two of Kentucky's legislators are playing pivotal roles in the discussion.

The battle over a federal budget came to an end, but the war over future spending and President Barack Obama's health care plan continues.

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY 3rd) said neither Democrats nor Republicans won the fight that caused a partially shutdown of the government.

"Many in the Republican Party, particularly in the House, didn't get what they wanted, which is a significant change in the Affordable Care Act," said Yarmuth, "but Democrats didn't exactly get what we wanted. We wanted a longer extension of the debt ceiling and also keep the government open for a longer period of time because we don't want to be doing this same thing again in two or three months."

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Senate Minority Leader, said he's happy the new budget contains some historic cuts, but the fight over the biggest issue - the cost of the Affordable Care Act - will go on with the effort to repeal it.

Republicans did not get any concessions on the health care law, including a delay of the individual mandate, after many large businesses got a delay. There was also no repeal of the tax on medical device companies and they didn't get a provision that members of congress and the administration would also get their health care through the president's Affordable Care Act.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, click here.

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