U.S. SenatorÂ Joe ManchinÂ ofÂ West VirginiaÂ broke ranks with fellow Democrats and said heâ€™d support a stopgap spending plan that delays the individual mandate in PresidentÂ Barack Obamaâ€™s health-care law.
â€œThereâ€™s no way I could not vote for it,â€ Manchin said at a Bloomberg Government breakfast today. â€œItâ€™s very reasonable and sensible.â€ […]
â€œDonâ€™t put the mandate on the American public right now,â€ Manchin said. â€œGive them at least a year. If you know you couldnâ€™t bring the corporate sector, you gave them a year, donâ€™t you think itâ€™d be fair?â€
Manchin’s defection will put pressure on other red state Senate Democrats to agree to a compromise delaying the individual mandate. According to a paper by the liberal-leaning Urban Institute, a one-year delay of the individual mandate could “seriously disrupt” the entire law.