Senate Democrat Warns of Obamacare Meltdown

| December 23 2013
John Walker

Sounding like a spokesman for his panic-stricken Democratic colleagues, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia says high costs and poor coverage under Obamacare could doom the whole program.

“If it’s so much more expensive than what we anticipated and if the coverage is not as good as what we had, you’ve got a complete meltdown at that time,” Manchin said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.

“It falls of its own weight if basically the cost becomes more than we can absorb, absolutely,” he added.

Along with Republican Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, Manchin is the author of legislation to delay the Obamacare individual mandate and penalty until January 1, 2015. This would make 2014 a “transitional year” to deal with problems that plague the health care law.

Turning to politics with an understatement, Manchin said his colleagues up for re-election next year are “feeling the weight” of Obamacare.

“It needs to turn around,” Manchin said, referring to the troubled health care law. “I’m not going to say that I think we will lose it (the Senate). It’s going to be extremely challenging. We have some very good people who are truly there, I believe, for the right reason. They’re going to be challenged for the wrong reason.”

An increasing number of vulnerable Senate Democrats are feeling the weight of Obamacare because they supported the law. To Republicans, they are being challenged for precisely the right reason.