WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said opposition to the Affordable Care Act should not be used to shut down the federal government on Oct. 1.

“I will not vote to shut down the government,” said Manchin in a statement issued Thursday afternoon.  “We need to work together as Americans to solve these problems so we can get our economy back on track and create American jobs.”

Manchin’s statement clarified comments he made to Bloomberg earlier in the day.

Bloomberg reported Manchin said Thursday morning of the individual mandate in the health care reform law, “Don’t put the mandate on the American public right now.  Give them at least a year.  If you know you couldn’t bring the corporate sector, you gave them a year, don’t you think it’d be fair?”

Such a stand would separate him from his Democrat colleagues in the U.S. Senate.

“I have always opposed the individual mandate and I continue to have concerns with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the cost and choices West Virginians will have in the health care exchanges,” said Manchin in his statement.

The U.S. Senate is currently considering a spending bill that would fund the federal government beyond Monday, but defund Obamacare.

Republicans have floated a possible compromise that would delay the individual mandate, requiring everyone to have health insurance or pay a penalty, for a year.

Enrollment for the health insurance exchanges or marketplaces, created in the Affordable Care Act, is scheduled to open to the uninsured on Tuesday for coverage that will begin on Jan. 1.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is the only company that will offer health care plans in West Virginia’s marketplace.  Officials have said there will be eleven possible individual plans.

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  • Luke

    Well now we know that Sen. Manchin not only won't vote to shut down the government, he won't vote to defund Obmacare either.

    Once cloture was invoked there was nothing to prevent him from voting with Republicans to oppose stripping out the Obamacare defunding language from the CR since the Dems didn't need his vote to strip out the defunding language as that amendment to the CR passed 54-44.

    I'm sure there is another clarifying press release in our future!

  • wv4evah

    This collection of comments represents the greatest gathering of hillbillies since the Hatfields and the McCoys. I'll bide my time until y'all enter the 20th century.



  • Medman

    Am I being too cynical to think that Manchin is voting based on the polls, rather than principle?

  • Ragweed

    Mr. Joe displays his greatest talent - fence sraddling, versus representing what his constituents want. Yes, he can vote for funding the government, but he doesn't want to disappoint his buddies by voting to defund obamacare at the same time. Shutting down the government is not an argument. Ol' Joe has a multiple personality disorder. He doesn't know if he is a Republican or a Democrat, meaning he doesn't represent either.

  • FED

    As an Independent and federal government worker, I have no dog in the fight between dems and repubs. However, I see on a daily basis the effects that partisan politics are causing. Manchin is right when he says Congress needs to compromise and work together. If they don't nothing gets accomplished. Bozo is correct when he said that BCBS is using the Affordable Healthcare Plan as an excuse to raise premiums. They used to raise their premiums equal to the raise we received each year. Since Federal government workers have not received a raise (not even cost of living) in 3 years, BCBS has to make that money up. If the government shuts down due to childish and stubborn politicians, we all lose. Do you know how much it costs to shutdown the government? Millions. Talk about wasting money. Everyone needs to contact their congress members and complain- no matter who you voted for.

  • PMQ

    Blo Joe has NO spine, jellyfish....he is a joke and a disgrace to WV. Can't wait until next election!

  • ljmax

    Joebama thinks we are not intelligent enough to know the Republican bill would not shut down the government...he just repeats the Democrat talking point...he is in lock step with everything they do...Harry Reid...Nancy Pelosi...EPA...five more years of Joebama...I hope we survive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PMQ

    Blo Joe, you are a joke and a disgrace. You sir, are testicular challenged. Can't wait for your re-election.

  • WVUP

    Of course he wont, Obama told him not to! Washington Joe has quickly turned into JOEBAMA!

  • wvtd

    he is obamas lapdog and forever senator from wv. you people are stupid for voting for this clown but you do deserve him. enjoy obamacare, no coal jobs, expensive energy and all of the radical democrat policies that saul alinsky's puppy can muster.

  • Bozo

    So Blue Cross/Blue Shield is saying Obamacare is the reason rates are going up 10-14%. What has been their excuse for rate increases every year for the last ten years? There was no Obamacare then.

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  • Tim C

    It didn't take long for Harry Reid to pull in Joe's reins, did it?

  • David Warnick

    Manchin would rather vote to stick us with a monstrous health bill than shut down the government temporarily. I worked for Uncle Sam through two shut downs and I thought in both cases the country was better off. Joe doesn't want to upset his bosom buddy Obama. After all Obama has done so much for Joe and West Virginia.

    • adk

      Well said.

  • JulianJet

    Show some courage Senator. The House has passed a bill that would fund 100% of govt needs EXCEPT for obamacare. Are you loyal to your party or to your constituents? We need you to take a stand for us!