West Virginia Healthcare – Manchin capitulates
According to the US Department of Health & Human Services, West Virginia quality of health rates “weak” compared with other states. See for youself: http://statesnapshots.ahrq.gov/snaps09/dashboard.jsp?menuId=4&level=0&state=WV If any state in the union can benefit from the Obama Healthcare Legislation it is West Virginia. But, the Democratic governor, now candidate for the Senate is so weak kneed that he is giving way to pressure. Instead of educating his enormously undereducated population, he’s just going along. That is not leadership, and that won’t do anything to move West Virgnia from leading the list of welfare states. No gust, no glory, Joe.
“Manchin Walks Back Support for Health Care Overhaul
Published October 24, 2010
West Virginia Senate candidate Joe Manchin said Sunday that, knowing what he knows now, he would not have backed the federal health care overhaul -- reversing earlier comments in support of the legislation.
Manchin, the Democratic governor locked in a tight contest for Senate against Republican John Raese, said on "Fox News Sunday" that the legislation went far beyond provisions both parties agreed on. He said that while he favors restrictions that would keep insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, he does not agree with the coverage mandates and other elements in the final product.
"The bottom line is that the incentives should be created ... basically so people can afford health care. You're not going to mandate and dictate to them," Manchin said. "Reaching as far as they did in the weeds of the bill that we didn't know about, no one else knew about until it came out -- knowing that, I would not have supported that or voted for that at that time."
Manchin explained Sunday that he no longer feels that way and would have voted against it.
"I think many people didn't know about the bill. It ends up, what, 2,000 pages or more," he said. "Now, the concept was great as far as pre-existing conditions. ... There's a lot of good parts to it. Why won't we fix what's wrong with it and make it better?"”