DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz promised that Democrats would run on Obamacare this year as they try to hold onto the Senate. Sen. Joe Manchin has other ideas, though. The West Virginia Democrat told a local group that Obamacare repeal is in the air.
“I will vote tomorrow to repeal [the Affordable Care Act], but I want to fix the problems in it,” Manchin told an audience.
Manchin has consistently criticized Obamacare as “more than a rollout problem.”
This is the first time he has come out for repeal, though, and he is the first sitting Democrat senator to suggest repealing President Obama’s signature law. As things stand right now, Democrats are likely to lose the Senate because of Obamacare.
Democrats are learning that they can earn applause from home audiences by claiming that they voted against Obamacare.
Update: That didn’t last long.
I've never supported repealing the ACA because I came to Washington to find solutions to our country’s problems. http://t.co/MfhGQJFppG
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) February 21, 2014