And to lower deductibles and cover those who are still trapped right now because they don’t make enough to qualify for a subsidy yet also do not qualify for their state’s Medicaid coverage.
Elections have consequences. Yes the ball is in the Republicans’ court now.
In the words of Sen Joe Manchin (WV)…
“A lot of people didn’t really know, and still don’t know, how they got healthcare … but I assure you they’ll know how they got rid of it.”
Manchin said there are problems with Obamacare that he thinks need to be fixed, but repealing the law in whole with no replacement available is folly. He said he won’t be voting for any sort of repeal that could leave the 172,000 West Virginians who have received healthcare under Obamacare looking for coverage.
“I’m willing to look at replacing, repairing, doing anything we can to make it better, but put something on the table,” Manchin said.
However, Manchin isn’t exactly hopeful that a fix is in the offing. He said in the six years he’s been in the Senate “we haven’t fixed very many things.”
“Anyone who has trust or belief that we will fix it, they’re living in a fantasy land,” he said.