New Drama Emerges in Shutdown Showdown

(NBC News) In Washington tonight House republicans are still insisting on rollbacks in Obamacare as part of any deal to raise the debt ceiling and reopen government.

What's different this time? The modifications to Obamacare demanded by house republicans are mostly symbolic.

But they're still demanding some; sticking to their guns.

With time running out, house republicans met with party leaders to hear their plan.

Speaker John Boehner would end the shutdown and raise the debt limit but only with changes to the health care law.

"That would continue to provide fairness to the American people under "Obamacare," Boehner said.

The changes are so small, Tea Party republicans might vote no.

The proposals include delaying a tax on medical devices and requiring lawmakers and Barack Obama to buy their health coverage on the exchanges.

"I think it's time for the President to go into Obamacare and really into Obamacare," said republican Congressman Darrell Issa of California.

Democrats blasted republicans.

"Why are they doing this to the American people? Sabotaging a good faith bipartisan effort coming out of the senate,' said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"Extremist republicans in the House of Representatives are attempting to torpedo the Senate's bipartisan progress with a bill that can't pass the Senate. Can't pass the Senate, and won't pass the Senate," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.

But John McCain warned democrats to tone it down.

"So lets stop this!! Stop this! Let's sit down and look at the Speaker's proposal," said the Arizona republican.

McCain called Boehner brave for dealing with the Tea Party and the debt ceiling.

"The idea of default is wrong, and we shouldn't get anywhere close to it," House Speaker John Boehner said.

But we're close now warned veterans groups.

"Our message to the President and Congress: defaulting on veterans' benefits is not an option," disabled veteran Gary Augustine said.

With two days left the ball tonight is still in the house's court, with the democratically controlled Senate waiting.

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