U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia broke ranks with fellow Democrats and said he’d support a stopgap spending plan that delays the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health-care law.
“There’s no way I could not vote for it,” Manchin said at
a Bloomberg Government breakfast today. “It’s very reasonable
The individual mandate is the linchpin of the law that
requires Americans who lack insurance to purchase health care
through government-run exchanges. Republicans, led by a group of
newcomers in the House, are pushing to dismantle the health-care
law and are using a ticking clock on a possible Oct. 1
government shutdown as leverage.
The Democratic-led Senate will vote in coming days on the
stopgap spending plan and before sending it back to the House
will remove language that defunds Obamacare. Obama and House
Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, have said they won’t
support using the budget to change the health law.
Manchin, 66, said he’d be willing to delay the individual
mandate as part of the budget negotiations because the Obama
administration in July gave businesses an extra year to provide
their workers with health insurance. (Continues)