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December 23, 2013 - 8:27 am

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday that Obamacare “absolutely” is at risk of undergoing a “meltdown” and crashing to the ground.

“I’ve only asked for one thing. I said listen, I’m not worried about the glitches, computer glitches. We’ll fix that sooner or later. I’m worried about having the product that the market will buy. And we’re not letting people shop. So with that being said, myself and Mark Kirk introduced a bill. The only bipartisan bill that says why don’t we wait basically before we put any crimes or fines until January 1, 2015,” Manchin said on CNN.

“This whole 2014 will be a transitional year. To find out where our glitches are and our little nuances that we have to work for, and find out if the market can produce the products that we need to keep this and us healthy. That’s what it’s all about.”

But, he stressed, “at the end of the day, if it’s so much more expensive than what we anticipated and that the coverage is not as good as what we’ve had, you’ve got a complete meltdown at that time.”

“So this transitional year gives you a chance to adjust the products to the market. And to see if the market will absorb and buy the product,” continued Manchin, who was not in Congress when the Affordable Care Act was passed.

“Well, are they willing to basically come to the realization this is all America is willing to pay and this is what they’re wanting for what they pay, and are they getting the best product? Don’t say this is what you got to buy, whether you like it or not, and you’re going to pay more even though you didn’t think you were? I think that’s where we are. So I’d like to say, can you move the ball forward? Can I get more people insured? Can I get more people healthier? Do I have to have people — are they in jeopardy of one catastrophic illness into bankruptcy? Can we not agree as Democrats and Republicans, those are worthy goals to get rid of, and move to a healthier populace for a healthy workforce?”

When asked if Obamacare falls of its own weight, the senator replied, “It falls of its own weight if basically the cost becomes more than we can absorb, absolutely.”

Manchin also said he’s “hopeful” some sort of background check legislation goes through in 2014, but he understands why the Manchin-Toomey compromise didn’t clear a cloture vote in the Senate.

“The people that basically are law-abiding gun owners and understand gun culture, they weren’t offended by saying if you go to a commercial transaction, that it makes sense to go ahead and find out is that person that wants to buy your gun a criminal? What we found out is that people just didn’t trust government, that they were going to stop there. So they said hey Joe, we’re OK with the bill. We like the bill. The bill is not bad at all. We can live with that. But we just don’t trust – we just don’t trust government stopping and doing what we say we’re going to do.”

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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why don't we wait until 2015? because you can't unscramble and egg you moron.
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The best way to handle Obamacare is to repeal it. Period. There is now way a government can effectively handle health care in a nation as large as America. The best thing the government can do is get out of the way and let the market take over.
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"why don’t we wait basically before we put any crimes or fines until January 1, 2015,”

Why don't we forget the whole unaffordable mess?
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Tar. Feathers. Rail.

C'ya, lamer.
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I said listen, I’m not worried about the glitches, computer glitches. We’ll fix that sooner or later. I’m worried about having the product that the market will buy. And we’re not letting people shop.

Huh? Is it the website or the insurance product. Manchin manages to reverse himself in two sentences. He goes on the record as wondering whether the underwriting insurance product is viable, and then turns back to the website.

The website has been a blessing for Obama and his socialist comrades. If it had worked well, we'd see a lot more stunned and angry citizens by now. If anything, Manchin's plan is good. Defer the inevitable sticker shock at paying much more for worse care until after the midterms. Manchin is in Obama's corner, thinking about the Cause, a way for Democrats to get reelected to continue in their work after 2014.
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Lord Almighty! If he writes the way he speaks, we are really in trouble! Doesn't he or anyone else in that swamp on the Potomic understand what has already been done to the construct of insurance in this nation and that it can't go back to what it was previously. Is EVERYONE down there as much of an ignoramus?
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Uh, yes.
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This guy voted for this monstrosity and now he's scared spitless because he has to run on it. You own this mess, buddy. I watched you on tv the other night when your were forced to say you were for it. So you either lied then or you are lying now. Either way, it's time for you to go back home and let a conservative try to do your job.
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I thought he was not in Congress until 2011 having been voted in in 2010.
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The Democrats have no choice but to delay the catastrophe. Not only that but they have to be conciliatory enough now so that when more really bad news hits they have a chance of surviving.

Here for example is how the Democrats are using releasing their grip on this coercive medical plan now so when more bad hits people might be angry but will not remember the Democrats are lying again and about their health.

Take two policies - one people have now and the other more expensive and limited one under Obamacare. Even if the two are better evened out your current plan has something the comparable one under Obamacare does not have.

Your current plan is a valid contract between you and your health insurance company. This means if a coverage is listed, you will get it. But under Obamacare the number of commissions, agencies and committees that can and will veto your coverage for so so many reasons, that the Obamacare care listed coverage isn't worth the paper it is written on.

This the Democrats know now. And they know this is going to happen. And of all things it will happen right after they have been caught lying about just about every aspect of Obamacare.

Seriously lying. So when really bad stuffs happens they have to put some smiling sunshine between now and when it does it.

Hence this bill this Democrat in talking about.

After all it will likely fly
47 weeks ago
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August 1, 2014 or nothing. Manchin needs to be asked, point blank why he would make the date after the election if he is acting in good faith. I will stipulate that it should be a sharp stick for the side that gets it right by then.
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My employer lost their plan (it wasn't old enough to be grandfathered). The new plan? 55% increase in costs. So to be on the company insurance now means we have to take a pay cut.

Small company.. less than 50 employees...
47 weeks ago
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how convenient.

Another year will conclusively destroy the health insurance industry, won't it?
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Both parties know this but Obamacare will not crash until it has decimated the middle class first. By then it won't matter.
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This member of the political ruling class asks that we wait until after the elections of 2014. He must be up for re-election.
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No, after having completed KKK Grand Marshal Robt. Byrd's term, he was reelected last year, so he won't be up until 2018. But many of his buddies are up next year, and these guys must stick together. Running a ruling elite ain't easy, y'know.

Maybe Manchin should quit the socialist party and affiliate with the RINO Party. There's better cover there.
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