Manchin: Obamacare could suffer ‘complete meltdown’

December 22, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Sunday that Obamacare could be headed for a "complete meltdown" if costs rise too fast and people are unhappy with their coverage.

“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 at that time,” Manchin said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The senator said such a situation would result in the law collapsing under "its own weight."

Manchin has been pushing for a one-year delay in the individual mandate -- the requirement that people carry health insurance or pay a penalty. He said that delay would allow the product some time to work its way into the market.

"Don't say this is what you've got to buy, whether you like it or not, and you're going to pay more even though you didn't think you were," Manchin said. "That's where I think we are."

 

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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