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Obama to 'Extremist' Republicans: Pass a Budget, Don't Shut Down Gov't

President Obama delivered a strong message to House Republicans, demanding that they pass a bill to fund the government beyond Oct. 1 and stop attempting to "gut" or delay ObamaCare.


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"Do not threaten to burn the house down simply because you haven't gotten 100 percent of your way. That's not how our democracy is supposed to work," he said.

Earlier today, the Senate passed a bill to keep funding the government, but stripped the House's provision to defund ObamaCare. Now, the House and Senate must work out an agreement before Tuesday.

Obama said there is grave danger in allowing the U.S. government to default on its debt obligations.

"We don't fully understand what might happen, the dangers involved, because no Congress has ever actually threatened default," said Obama.

He accused some Republicans of "political grandstanding" around ObamaCare, saying the issue has "nothing to do with the deficit."

Obama said he is open to working with Republicans "through normal democratic processes" on ways to improve the new health care law.

He said it's a "done deal" that ObamaCare exchanges will be open for business on Tuesday, as scheduled, whether the government shuts down or not.

Watch his remarks below:

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