WASHINGTON, D.C. — West Virginia Third District Congressman Nick Rahall was one of 39 Democrats to vote for a Republican House plan Friday that would allow Americans to keep their existing health care coverage without penalties through next year.

Rahall and a number of other House Democrats upset with President Obama and the Obamacare rollout.

The 19-term congressman said the House bill honors the original intention and promise of the Affordable Health Care law. He said West Virginia residents and others who have had their health insurance policies canceled need more time to learn what new options are available to them.

“Because of the website troubles the people cannot find those policies that may be in their better interest than what they’re currently on,” Rahall told MetroNews affiliate WVOW in Logan. “All they know is they are going to be cut-off from what they are currently on.”

Nearly 9,000 West Virginians have received cancellation notices.

President Obama announced Thursday insurance companies would be allowed to keep people on plans that don’t meet the minimum requirements of Obamacare without penalty. Insurance companies have responded negatively to the President’s about-face. Rahall said what the President did was a step in the right direction but he’s remains skeptical and it still doesn’t satisfy the concerns of those who have received cancellation letters.

Rahall called the rollout of Obamacare “rotten.”

“It’s disgusting and I’m as mad about it as the next person is. But somebody in the administration should have known about this and whoever that somebody is should no longer be a somebody in the administration,” Rahall said.

Rahall, who is up for reelection next year, is being criticized in television ads in his home district for his previous support of Obamacare. Cabell County state Senator Evans Jenkins switched political parties earlier this year in hopes of facing Rahall in the 2014 fall election.


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  • jd harris

    The only time Rahall will say anything is when it is close to election time.He will never do any better an is waste of time just being there

  • Joseph Goebbels

    So, Nick Joe, the "T" Party was/is right all along.. Why didn't you just say so in the first place instead of shutting the government partially down? Idiot!!

  • CaptainQ

    Gee, maybe if Rahall hadn't 'pressed the "YES" button for ObamaCare in the House back in 2009, we wouldn't need to have somebody press the 'Pause' button on it now!

    The voters in the 3rd District need to press the 'Ejector Seat' button on Nicky Joe next November to send him flying away from Congress!

  • james

    RHytonen, no it is not he has insurance money, it he as midterm election next year. He and Obama shut the government down and blamed the Republicans, when they offered what he is now proposing.

    He is not a Republican or a Democrat, much like the rest of them. He is an egocrat, do anything it takes to get elected.

  • jeff

    Jeez, maybe he should have read this piece of socialist garbage before he voted for the ACA to start with.

  • Tim C

    Everyone knows they only trying to delay it for year. Then all he'll breaks loose.

  • DWL

    Didn't this liberal democrat vote for O-care originally? What's the problem now? Stupidity maybe! Maybe his fear of having to do something after he is thrown from office for being ignorant? His original vote has consequences - stand with O - die politically with O.

  • Docbegone

    2014 can't come quick enough. Nicky Joe has got to GO.

  • RHytonen

    Why dont they just pass HR 676?

    Medicare for All is THE fiscal inevitability.

    Private profit does not belong in a life or death industry. And btw, that includes Energy.

    • Jose

      Yes, let's let Washington control more and show more incompetence. Brilliant.

  • RHytonen

    of COURSE he does.
    He has Insurance company campaign money to court.
    Screw the children, cancer and other preexisting condition sufferers,
    working poor, and unemployed (and really, EVERYONE else
    but insurance company billionaires!)
    In other words, he's a good Republican, and knows to court racists and corporations
    - just like Manchin, and all the rest elected from this gullible, more-fascist-domnated-than-most, state. Who else has an ALEC member -the height of corporatism- who calls himself a "Democrat?"

    • The bookman

      Can you feel the tide turning on this President...I sense you can...What Government shutdown? Even the Clinton's threw him under the bus this week...So close, yet so far away from single payer....Have a great weekend!

  • leroy j gibbs

    I was for it before I was against it

  • Joe

    Rahall is blaming the Administration. After all these years in congress, does he not understand he is part of the legislative branch?!

  • JulianJet

    Rahall is a Washington democrat plain and simple. The closer he gets to Election Day the more "West Virginian" he becomes. We need a rep who will stand up and be counted for his / her constituents...even if they stand alone!

  • Independent View

    Phishing for votes and desperate politicians take desperate measures!