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The Saddest Paragraph You'll Read About the Government Shutdown Today

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins // Charles Dharapak/AP

You've heard about the PandaCam, the closed monuments and national parks, and the furloughed federal workers. But so far, nothing I've read about the government shutdown has been nearly as gut-wrenching as this tidbit from The Wall Street Journal:

At the National Institutes of Health, nearly three-quarters of the staff was furloughed. One result: director Francis Collins said about 200 patients who otherwise would be admitted to the NIH Clinical Center into clinical trials each week will be turned away. This includes about 30 children, most of them cancer patients, he said.

House Republicans have failed to stop Obamacare from going into effect so far, but sadly and ironically, their actions have prevented hundreds of people from getting health care from just one clinic.

Time to end the shutdown.

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