WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) says this year should have been a transition year under the Affordable Care Act.

Instead, people who do not have health insurance will be penalized starting Jan. 1.  “I think it should have gone into effect Oct. 1.  I just don’t think it should have been mandated,” said Manchin.

Enrollment, through the exchanges created in the health care law, started almost three weeks ago.  Since then, the website for it, www.healthcare.gov, has been plagued by problems that government officials are still working to fix.

The effects of the problems were not clear.

So far, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is not releasing information about how many people have applied and qualified for coverage along with the health plans they’re selecting and their health risks.

In West Virginia, the federal government is running the health insurance exchange and only one company, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, is offering four tiers of plans to individuals through it.

Such problems, said Manchin, were not unexpected.  “I knew it wasn’t perfect to begin with, but I said I would work to repair it,” said Manchin.  “If I can’t repair it, I’ll repeal it.”

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  • wvtd

    manchin you supported this mess that does not affect you and your family at all but stuck it on our backs. you guys made yourselves immune from this but want to hound us with irs goons looking to collect fines so you people in d.c. can waste even more of OUR hard earned money. how you get elected is beyond me. you tickle peoples ears and they buy it hook, line and sinker.

  • FunUnderTheRadar

    Pleeese give me a break. The insurance and pharmaceutical industries & their “bought & paid for” US Senators & Congressman designed this law so that it would create more confusion & scare people. The owners and stockholders continue to do everything in their power to protect their unchecked rights at controlling health care costs (aka profits for stock holders & Wall street) while at the same time mislead the public with elusive and discreet sound bites. In order to control costs, the government must take over the profit driven health care system and eliminate insurance companies. It’s about CONTROLLING COSTS (profits). One works all their life paying private for-profit insurance companies premiums, without using the health insurance, and then 30 years later when one gets older & needs the health care, they have to pay again, leaving the stockholders to continue to profit. Senator Manchin & his family will be covered for life with free health care paid for by the taxpayers. Why should Senators & Congressman worry about CONTROLLING COSTS when their health care costs are paid for by the peasants? The insurance industry and their stock holders know this little fact and they use it for their benefit and continue to mislead the people. Open your eyes and realize who is feeding you this misinformation & sound bites!

  • PMQ

    BloJoe, Please, for the love of Christ.....just go away. You are a total embarrassment. You have NO conscience or clue.

  • Paul

    We will put private health care providers out of business (Really) or might we overload them with new insurance business?

  • Shawn H

    This law was designed to fail. It is designed to put the private health care providers out of business. It is a stepping stone for a single payer, universal health care system. Those are not my words. Those are the words of one of the architects of this law. It is what King Obama and all of his cronies ultimately want.

  • Just me

    To be enrolled at WVU after September 2014, one must have insurance. What does having insurance have to do with getting an education?

  • Damion45

    The problems with this ill conceived and premature passed law will be plagued with continuous problems until the people are on the threshold of a revolt. The sign up issues are really irrelevant, but they are a symptom. The real problem is that many people, because they are unemployed and underemployed, are simply not going to sign up. This will be especially pervasive among young adults who are healthy and have better things to do with their money than buy insurance. Of course the only way Obamacare could work in theory was forcing everyone to sign up to generate the needed premiums. But there isn't enough money to pay for the new and added expenses as it is (regardless what Obama promised), and then we are going to see another huge shortfall...which will require ...what? New taxes of course! This is just the beginning. I say let it roll; sit back and relax.

    "In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; In practice, there is."
    - Chuck Reid

  • Independent View

    Senator Manchin is an amazing person! I have never witnessed anyone with such a total grasp of the obvious!


    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) itself empowers states to block the employer mandate, to exempt many of their low- and middle-income taxpayers from the individual mandate, and to reduce federal deficit spending, simply by not establishing a health insurance “exchange.” Supporters of the law do not care for this feature, yet they adopted it because they had no choice. The bill would not have become law without it.
    To date, 34 states, accounting for roughly two-thirds of the U.S. population, have refused to create Exchanges. Under the statute, this shields employers in those states from a $2,000 per worker tax that will apply in states that are creating Exchanges (e.g., California, Colorado, New York). Those 34 states have exempted at least 8 million residents from taxes as high as $2,085 on families of four earning as little as $24,000. They have also reduced federal deficits by hundreds of billions of dollars.
    The Obama administration is nevertheless attempting to tax those employers and individuals, contrary to the plain language of the PPACA and congressional intent, and to deny millions of Americans the opportunity to purchase low-cost, high-deductible coverage. Employers, consumers, and even state officials in those 34 states can challenge those illegal taxes in court, as Oklahoma has done. States can also block those illegal taxes—and even stop the federal government from operating an Exchange—by approving a strengthened version of the Health Care Freedom Act.
    The PPACA’s Medicaid expansion, which would cost individual states up to $53 billion over its first 10 years, is now optional for states, thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling in NFIB v. Sebelius. Some 16 states have announced they will not expand their programs, while half of the states remain undecided. Yet the Obama administration is trying to coerce states into implementing parts of the expansion that the Court rendered optional. States can replicate Maine’s lawsuit challenging this arbitrary attempt to limit the Court’s ruling.
    Collectively, states can shield all employers and at least 12 million taxpayers from the law’s new taxes, and still reduce federal deficits by $1.7 trillion, simply by refusing to establish Exchanges or expand Medicaid.
    Congress and President Obama have already repealed the third new entitlement program the PPACA created—the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, or CLASS Act—as well as funding for the “co-op” plans meant to serve as an alternative to a “public option.” A critical mass of states exercising their vetoes over Exchanges and the Medicaid expansion can force Congress to reconsider, and hopefully repeal, the rest of this counterproductive law. Real health care reform is impossible until that happens.
    This Came From THE CATO INSTITUTE!!

  • Hillbilly

    That has to be the dumbest statement I have ever heard... and Joe Manchin the sheep followed Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the herd and voted for it before they even knew what was in it. Too late to make such comments now.

    • Oldskool

      Ditto Hillbilly: Dumbest political statement I ever heard but people were even dumber to listen to Pelosi and vote for this monstrosity.

    • Alum

      Actually Byrd voted for it.

      • Wowbagger

        A technicality, Joe would have voted for the "Affordable Care" Act given the chance. You see he will vote any way Harry Reid tells him to vote.

  • Paul

    Its most touted change was the introduction of an entitlement benefit, through tax breaks and subsidies. No its not the Affordable Health Care Act , it was the unfunded federal law of 2003 called the Medicare Modernization Act which the two parties improved greatly after it was passed.

  • John

    Can you believe this man. He is back in West Virginia telling and trying to convince people he wants what they want. YET, he voted no and supported Sen. Harry Reid on everything presented by the more conservative house. If Senator Manchin agrees more with the conservative agenda, there is nothing stopping him from changing the "D" to "I"..Independent!

  • Maynard

    Poor Joe. He makes his decisions by sticking his finger up in the air and sensing which way the wind is blowing. He needs to do what is right by repealing ObamaCare and coming up with a health care plan that represents the best for ALL West Virginians. We deserve a senator who leads with intelligence, conviction and principal rather than one who is not very smart, spineless and makes his decisions based on pressures from an out of touch president and a myriad of polls.

  • Chris

    Then you should have voted against it!

  • wvtd

    another democrat boondoggle to extract tax money from the people who still work and give it to those who spend their lives at the welfare trough.