When Republican legislators demanded that something be done about the monumentally unpopular ObamaCare law, Democrats used it as an excuse to blame them for the federal government shutdown. Now that the entire country sees what a disaster the healthcare system’s roll out has been, the shoe seems to be on the other foot.
According to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), he and at least a few other members of his party are hoping to push through a bill delaying the implementation of the law’s mandates until 2015.
Appearing on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor Wednesday, Manchin explained that no citizens would face financial repercussions for failing to sign up before the new extended deadline.
“Work out the kinks,” he urged. “Let’s fix this thing.”
Though it falls short of de-funding the entire program, which is what many conservatives advocate, at least this move proves that even the left is beginning to see what a dismal failure ObamaCare is shaping up to be.
Manchin said that he is working to increase Democrat support for his bill, indicating that three members of his party have already agreed to pursue the delay.
From the conservative perspective, host Bill O’Reilly pledged his support of the bill, adding his opinion that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) would likely also be among its proponents.
The senator’s comments came on the heels of preliminary reports that Barack Obama himself proposed such a delay. Subsequent updates from the White House press department indicate that those reports were unfounded, and the deadline currently remains March 31 of next year.
When Obama claimed he would act as a force to unite America’s two political parties, many of his opponents scoffed at the idea. His policies of class, race, and gender warfare certainly made his unification claims seem unbelievable.
On the issue of ObamaCare, however, it seems he is making good on his word — both parties are now becoming united in their antipathy toward the law.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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