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GOP Rep: The Reality Is 'Some Americans' Lives Have Gotten Better' With Obamacare

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Rigell was the lone Republican to vote against a government spending bill that would have defunded Obamacare, explaining that he was opposed to keeping sequestration cuts in place. His office said that Rigell agreed with leadership's efforts to defund the law.

As the Times points out, the option to repeal the health care law entirely grew distant as enrollments in the relaunched federal health care exchange increased.

About 29,000 people signed up for insurance plans via HealhCare.gov on Sunday and Monday, while less than 27,000 had been able to enroll for the entire month of October. The increase in sign-ups has caused Republicans to shift their criticism of the health care law from the website to problems like rate shock and canceled policies. 

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