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The Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, as the government teeters on the brink of a partial shutdown at midnight unless Congress can reach an agreement on funding. Hours before a threatened government shutdown, the Senate has the next move Monday on must-do budget legislation that has fueled a bitter congressional dispute over President Barack Obama's signature health care law.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, as the government teeters on the brink of a partial shutdown at midnight unless Congress can reach an agreement on funding. Hours before a threatened government shutdown, the Senate has the next move Monday on must-do budget legislation that has fueled a bitter congressional dispute over President Barack Obama's signature health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(AP) President Barack Obama's health care law has survived the Supreme Court, a battle for the White House and budget brinkmanship. Now the ultimate test: the verdict of the American people.


Though a government shutdown would dampen plans to celebrate, the new health insurance markets will open Tuesday around the country.


Those markets, and other main parts of "Obamacare," will be going live as scheduled, glitches and all.


The biggest expansion of society's safety net since Medicare will be in the hands of consumers, who'll want to know if they can afford the premiums, if the coverage will be solid and if new federal and state websites will really demystify shopping for health insurance.


Expect the rollout to get off to a slow start, with some bumps.


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