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Democratic senator says Obamacare could have 'meltdown,' hurt party
Reuters ^ | Dec 22, 2013 | By Susan Cornwell

Posted on 12/22/2013 10:40:06 AM PST by Jim Robinson

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama's healthcare law could have a "meltdown" and make it difficult for his Democratic Party to keep control of the U.S. Senate next year if ongoing problems with the program are not resolved, a Democratic senator said on Sunday.

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has urged delaying a penalty for people who do not enroll for health insurance in 2014 under the law, told CNN that a transitional year was needed for the complex healthcare program, commonly known as Obamacare, to work.

"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 told CNN's "State of the Union" program.

"It falls of its own weight, if basically the cost becomes more than we can absorb, absolutely."

The White House has been scrambling for months to control the damage from the botched October 1 launch of the law, formally called the Affordable Care Act, which aimed at making sure that millions of Americans without health insurance are able to receive medical coverage.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: 113th; 2014issues; 2014midterms; democrats; elections; manchin; miserablefailure; obama; obamacare

1 posted on 12/22/2013 10:40:06 AM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson
Sort of like watching a train wreck in slow motion


2 posted on 12/22/2013 10:43:34 AM PST by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: Jim Robinson
Shortly we will see the start of a push to hype the “successes” of Ocare. Real, manufactured, or imagined.
3 posted on 12/22/2013 10:44:18 AM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: Jim Robinson

A GOP Veto Proof majority in the Senate would turn Obama’s hair completely white , LOL


4 posted on 12/22/2013 10:45:16 AM PST by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: Jim Robinson

Manchin is making sense here and that worries me. He’s not up for re-election until 2016. Maybe he’s the canary in the cave.


5 posted on 12/22/2013 10:47:54 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: Jim Robinson

Captain Obvious Award goes to Joe Manchin!
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6 posted on 12/22/2013 10:49:43 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Jim Robinson
I'm not sure this reasoning works. If Obamacare has a meltdown, dems can run against it and the complicit insurance companies. Republicans are going to have to explain why they couldn't stop it and saying they voted against it isn't good enough. Only Ted Cruz's supporters for his 21 hours will be clear of blame.

I'd be okay with that scenerio. Republicans who didn't support Ted Cruz when Obamacare could've been defunded don't deserve to be re-elected.

7 posted on 12/22/2013 10:51:23 AM PST by grania
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

My question - how fast can we hurry this melt-down on the part of the Current Occupant now squatting in the Oval Orfice?

And could it spread by contagion to Valerie Jarrett? Because she may not have the same pull with Joe Biden that she definitely has with The Won.

Joe Biden may turn out to be the Harry S Truman of our time.


8 posted on 12/22/2013 10:53:19 AM PST by alloysteel (Those who deny natural climate change are forever doomed to stupidity. AGW is a LIE.)
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To: Jim Robinson

In typical Democrat fashion, Senator Manchin shows no concern whatsoever in how ObamaCare has hurt ordinary people. Instead, he reveals that his only concern is how it affects the Democrats’ hold on power.


9 posted on 12/22/2013 10:58:01 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Jim Robinson

10 posted on 12/22/2013 10:58:01 AM PST by McGruff (How's that Hopey Changey thingy workin out for ya?)
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To: Jim Robinson

It couldn’t happen soon enough, Yup.. or to a better party.

Payback for years of socialist policies and an agenda that tramples the Constitution..

Priceless.


11 posted on 12/22/2013 10:58:57 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Jim Robinson

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has urged delaying a penalty for people who do not enroll for health insurance in 2014 under the law.
So far Obama’s make fourteen changes to the law of the land without congress wonder what is so legal about that?.


12 posted on 12/22/2013 11:00:56 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Jim Robinson

If it starts to look bad enough for the Democrats in the upcoming election, I would expect them to go to a friendly federal judge with a plan to postpone the election on the grounds that it will be impossible to conduct a “fair election” under the circumstances.

50-50 they’ll win right then and there.


13 posted on 12/22/2013 11:01:12 AM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: darkwing104
Sort of like watching a train wreck in slow motion

...from a passenger's perspective.

14 posted on 12/22/2013 11:01:18 AM PST by frog in a pot ("To each according to his need..." -from a guy who never had a real job and couldn't feed his family)
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To: Jim Robinson

Manchin knows he’s safe; WV may have said “NO” to Gore and Obama, but elsewhere it is still Democrat to the core.


15 posted on 12/22/2013 11:03:27 AM PST by Theodore R.
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To: Jim Robinson

Joe’s a bonifide Mensa candidate.


16 posted on 12/22/2013 11:04:36 AM PST by 2111USMC (Aim Small Miss Small)
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To: Jim Robinson

Mac daddy will throw everyone under the bus before he will admit that was a huge lie that he made.

His entire life is all smoke and mirrors with no truth of anything.

All this was supported by the liberal media and the willing mindless dumb-o-drat sock puppets.


17 posted on 12/22/2013 11:05:38 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: Jim Robinson

So this Manchin guy is more concerned with democrats keeping control of the senate than actually helping all the people hurt by Obama care? And how is simply delaying this train wreck another year going to help? The same problems remain one year from now. These @sshole politicians won’t admit it’s an unworkable law and deserves to die before it kills our economy.


18 posted on 12/22/2013 11:08:14 AM PST by reaganbooster (The democrat party symbol should be the grim reaper instead of the donkey.)
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To: darkwing104

The DEMs clearly own this disaster!! Why don’t they join the pubs to repeal it? Or, better yet support IMPEACHMENT


19 posted on 12/22/2013 11:13:50 AM PST by simka
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To: Jim Robinson
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama's healthcare law could have a "meltdown" and make it difficult for his Democratic Party to keep control of the U.S. Senate next year if ongoing problems with the program are not resolved, a Democratic senator said on Sunday.

The man is a genius.

20 posted on 12/22/2013 11:14:35 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Democratic senator says Obamacare could have 'meltdown,' hurt party

RAT senator says Obamacare could...might...WILL have 'meltdown,' hurt party

21 posted on 12/22/2013 11:14:41 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
Manchin is making sense here

Manchin sees the problem, but wants to delay it, which is just kicking the can down the road. Trust me, Obamacare ain't gonna get any cheaper.

The correct response would be to kill it.

22 posted on 12/22/2013 11:18:56 AM PST by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: simka
Can you trust the majority of the pubs right now? Outside of a few? I don't have faith that the GOP-e crowd will do the right thing. We need more of the TEA party types.


23 posted on 12/22/2013 11:19:14 AM PST by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: darkwing104

http://youtu.be/03Nq632eV6I


24 posted on 12/22/2013 11:27:56 AM PST by wny
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To: wny

Start at the 3:30 mark....


25 posted on 12/22/2013 11:28:46 AM PST by wny
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To: Jim Robinson

Hurt the Party. Not the American people. The Party.


26 posted on 12/22/2013 11:42:24 AM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: alloysteel

More likely he’d be the J Fred Boggs of our times.


27 posted on 12/22/2013 12:05:50 PM PST by doberville
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To: Jim Robinson

Headline: “Democratic senator says Obamacare could have ‘meltdown,’ hurt party”

I laugh, and say DUH!


28 posted on 12/22/2013 12:21:37 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Funny to watch Manchin scrambling to get back his conservative bonanza fides


29 posted on 12/22/2013 12:24:52 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: doberville

Didn’t say our times were good. Harry S Truman was kind of a “J. Fred Muggs”. (not to be confused with Hale Boggs)


30 posted on 12/22/2013 12:53:50 PM PST by alloysteel (Those who deny natural climate change are forever doomed to stupidity. AGW is a LIE.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Notice that “hurt party” is his real concern here.


31 posted on 12/22/2013 1:06:54 PM PST by Theodore R.
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Please notice he is worried about how an ObamaCare meltdown will affect the Democratic Party. He hasn’t voiced any worry about how it will affect the nation just the Democratic party’s control of the Federal government.


32 posted on 12/22/2013 1:08:26 PM PST by Nip (BOHEICA and TANSTAAFL - both seem very appropriate today.)
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To: Theodore R.

Currently two out of three representatives are Republican. One, Capito, has announced for Rockefeller’s Senate seat. And, the one Democrat rep ain’t looking so good.


33 posted on 12/22/2013 1:23:49 PM PST by meatloaf
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To: Jim Robinson

Of course Manchin voted for the monstrosity.


34 posted on 12/22/2013 1:41:32 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Don't worry Manchin, Boehner and Mitchy have your back.
35 posted on 12/22/2013 2:01:47 PM PST by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: Jim Robinson

The Democrats acted as Doctor Frankenstein and created a monster. Manchin is asking to keep the monster caged for a little while longer. The most reasonable solution is to end this vile experiment and refrain from further “research”.


36 posted on 12/22/2013 2:12:00 PM PST by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: Jim Robinson

“Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has urged delaying a penalty for people who do not enroll for health insurance in 2014 under the law, told CNN that a transitional year was needed for the complex healthcare program.”

TRNASLATION:

Put this catastgrophe off until AFTER the Mid-Terms!!!

I’m sure some RINOs will go along with this.


37 posted on 12/23/2013 1:49:59 PM PST by ZULU (Impeach that Bastard Barrack Hussein Obama the Doctor Mengele of Medical Care)
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