‘WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's healthcare law could have a "meltdown" and make it difficult for his Democratic Party to keep control of the U.S. Senate next year if ongoing problems with the program are not resolved, a Democratic senator said on Sunday.
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has urged delaying a penalty for people who do not enroll for health insurance in 2014 under the law, told CNN that a transitional year was needed for the complex healthcare program, commonly known as Obamacare, to work.
"If it's so much more expensive than what we anticipated and if the coverage is not as good as what we had, you've got a complete meltdown at that time," Manchin told CNN's "State of the Union" program.
"It falls of its own weight, if basically the cost becomes more than we can absorb, absolutely."‘
‘Manchin said Senate Democrats who are up for re-election next year are "feeling the weight" of the program's woes and could have trouble keeping their majority in the chamber.’
‘"It needs to turn around," Manchin said of Obamacare. "I'm not going to say that I think we will lose it (the Senate). It's going to be extremely challenging. We have some very good people who are truly there, I believe, for the right reason. They're going to be challenged for the wrong reason."‘ - Democratic senator says Obamacare could have 'meltdown,' hurt party, 12/22/2013, Yahoo.com
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Observation: If one reads the article then reflects upon its content, one comes away with a second, alternate impression. How so? Manchin is basically stating that Obamacare's intention was not insurance. Rather, Obamacare's intention was/is a political constituency building exercise with other people's money. The political constituency building exercise is backfiring and hence a liability to those depending on the political constituency building exercise, to in fact, build constituency. The backfire is: This particular political constituency building exercise is building constituency for competing politicos.