Sen. Manchin: Obamacare ‘More Than Rollout Problem, It’s a Product Problem’

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) told Morning Joe Thursday morning that the problems with the Affordable Care Act went beyond a malfunctioning website, but that he had yet to see a substantive alternative from its most virulent conservative critics.

“We’ve all said things we’d like to take back,” Manchin said about President Barack Obama’s pledge that if you liked your health plan, you could keep it. (“I do that every day,” host Joe Scarborough said.) “All we’re saying, myself and Mary Landrieu (D-LA), is we’ll work through this, we’ll grandfather [plans] in.”

Landrieu has introduced a bill that would allow people to keep plans cancelled under the ACA.

“They have more than a rollout problem,” Manchin continued. “There is a product problem. We have to make sure the products are there. And the market will determine that product.”

“It’s a lofty goal to try to get quality health care for every American,” he said. “And if we can do that and afford it, that’s great. But we have to work through. And I’ve also asked that no crime and no fine for the one year: It will be a transitional year. But there are people who don’t want the bill at all, and want it repealed. I said tell me what you’ll replace it with. Give me something. And I haven’t seen that.”

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