by Onan Coca
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was on State of the Union with Candy Crowley this past Sunday where he argued for both stricter gun control measures (something he once said he’d never do), and where he told Crowley that he believed there needed to be a transitional year for Obamacare (something he voted against when Republicans proposed it two months ago).
Let’s focus on their Obamacare discussion and start with Manchin’s suggestion of waiting another year before fully implementing Obamacare as law.
At the end of the day, if it’s so much more expensive than what we anticipated and if the coverage is not as good as what we’ve had, you’ve got a complete meltdown 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. You can’t tell someone give me all your vitals and then I’ll let you shop a couple of plans. Manchin2It’s amazing the difference a couple of months can make. Remember back at the end of September when the Republican-led House passed a one-year moratorium on Obamacare similar to what Manchin is proposing? The Democrats voted against it unanimously – including the Senator from West Virginia. Here’s what folks from both parties said at the time. “Why are we doing this?” asked Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, an amendment sponsor. “We know that ObamaCare is not ready for prime time.” However, the White House and the leader of the Democratic-led Senate made clear hours before the final votes that they would not accept the plan. “To be absolutely clear, the Senate will reject both the one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act and the repeal of the medical device tax,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “After weeks of futile political games from Republicans, we are still at square one.” The Democrats want a do-over now. Will the media remind them that the Republicans have been suggesting this from the start? The second part of their Obamacare discussion was about whether or not Obamacare would be an albatross around the Democrats neck in 2014.
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