Manchin Swings Right on Health Care: ‘Repeal the Whole Thing’ (Video)
October 11, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—This is becoming embarrassing. Does West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin (D) know he’s a Democrat? Trailing in the U.S. Senate race against the fringe tea party-backed candidate John Raese, Manchin is swinging so far right to appeal to moderate voters in a largely conservative state, he’s beginning to look a lot like the former maverick Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who tossed his former views and principles out the window to win the primary. Manchin has apparently decided, the only way he can win is to masquerade as a Republican and take pot shots at President Obama. And he’s now, contradicting earlier statements made in support of the health care reform bill in his new role as a Republican wannabe. Appearing on Fox News this morning, Manchin declared war on “ObamaCare,” saying “If you can’t fix that, repeal the whole thing.”
As reported by Think Progress, Manchin has made numerous prior statements supporting the Affordable Care Act. In September, he was caught on video, saying he would have voted for the health care reform bill if he had been in Congress. And in March, Manchin remarked on the political compromises necessary to get a major piece of legislation passed.
“During a March 17 panel on health care at the National Governors Association, however, Manchin said, “I’d be for it” when asked if he would support the health bill. “I think you’ve got to move the ball,” he said. “I have never, since I’ve been in the legislative process and since I’ve been governor, I’ve never gotten a perfect bill. I’veve wanted it. … Let’s try, let’s try to make this. Bring us all in. Let’s make it work.”’ never gotten a bill exactly the way I’
But in recent weeks, Manchin has changed his tune, saying he would support the repeal of parts of the Affordable Care Act. Now, he has come full circle, using Republican rhetoric to attack the great legislative victory as “ObamaCare.”
Manchin made his “repeal the whole thing” remarks during an appearance on Fox & Friends.
DOOCY: I know a while back you did support the president’s reform of the health care system in the United States. You were behind it. Now, however…
MANCHIN: See, no I wasn’t. Let’s be accurate on that.
DOOCY: Well you, I’ll give you a chance. You were supportive of it. Now, you’re calling for repeal of part of it.
MANCHIN: I still and have always been in support of health reform. If anybody believes that a child should be left off of their parents and also pre-existing conditions and small businesses and all those things should go uninsured, something is wrong in America. Now with that, the president’s plan — ‘Obamacare,’ as it’s been called — is far too reaching. It’s overreaching. It needs to have a lot of it repealed. But you can fix that. If you can’t fix that, repeal the whole thing.
It certainly must be discouraging to hold high popularity ratings in West Virginia, while still trailing to a fringe candidate who proposed doing away with the federal minimum wage and rolling back safety regulations for miners. Raese has also bragged about his immense wealth, saying “I made my money the old-fashioned way, I inherited it.”
But c’mon Manchin, even in this toxic political climate, in the end, voters reward candidates who stand for something.