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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  • 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.

    • SAF


  • 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!

  • zero tolerance

    More appeals to the uninformed voters of WV who will continue to re-elect him term after term. He knows they are of a greater number than the employed tax paying voters. A lot part of the longevity plan. The same scheme worked wonders for Byrd and Rocky.

    • jeremy


  • sunnycal

    Dear fellow West Virginians, I understand you don't agree with Obamacare but I know whats best for you ( my political career ) I will support my fellow dems . signed Joebama.

  • John

    Just wait until the people of West Virginia see what their insurance is going to cost them. He Manchin goes to Washington and steps into Bloomburg's pocket. I will bet when and if he runs again, he will campaign as pro gun and as a fiscal conservative. WV, you were fooled once, don't be fooled twice.

  • Duggie

    Joe doesn't care about West Virginia, It's citizens or the country. Joe is thinking about being a running mate. He can't run if he voted against Obamacare can he. That didn't stop him from shooting the bill with a gun he was trying to ban last year while lying to the people of West Virginia. I am tired of party politics. Why doesn't someone vote for what the people want not what their party wants. I wish we could vote him out this year, but then he wouldn't be doing this. He thinks we will forget about this when his election comes up. I will never vote for him again. God help us if Natalie gets up there with him. Does Manchin have a WV office? If so where is it so we can protest outside of it. Why doesn't he use his vote to shut down the government against Obama for shutting down coal. Why is it that the Democrates are always the ones that never give and always blame the other side. Are they forgetting they are the ones that will vote no on the bill if it states that Obamacare will be unfunded? I am tired of this Countries Politics. I am moving to Syria.

    • wvrefugee

      Good riddance!! Your mentality is most of the reason that WV ranks last in every competing category in our great nation! At least you spelled Syria correctly!

  • RogerD

    Talking out of both sides of his mouth, AGAIN! Hey Joe, you should take your boat for a long voyage.

  • Kevin

    The only problem I see with that is I started working a long time ago. Should have gotten on welfare then I could have had the easy life! Stupid politicians! I have only four more words, Drug test the welfare!

  • Dave

    the man has no guts...zilch, zero


    I have already been notified at my job that Blue Cross/Blue Shield will raise it premiums 10 - 14% in Jan of 2014. Just so they can fund these programs. That BS!!!

  • tracyo64

    Did Bill Gates come up with the name for the act? Because calling it "affordable" is kinda like clicking "Start" to turn something off.