On Wednesday evening, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin appeared on Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor with host Bill O’Reilly and announced that he is working with Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia on a bill that would delay the individual mandate penalty of Obamacare for a year—pushing it back to January of 2015.
“There should be a transition year for one year. There should be no fines. Let's work through the problems.”
“We've got a lot of problems. They have been identified. I think everybody has recognized them. Let's fix it. Let's get together and fix things.”
Then he told O’Reilly:
“Ours has a certainty of time, Jan. 1, 2015. No fines whatsoever, transition in, work out the kinks. Let’s fix this thing.”
“There is enough movement that this could really be a bipartisan movement to fix it.”
O’Reilly asked Manchin if he thought President Obama would veto the bill if he could manage to get it passed the stingy Senate and the Democratic henchman rule of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
“I can’t think, imagine him (Obama) at vetoing it. If we’re trying to work together to improve it, to identify the problems that need to be corrected and if those that can’t be fixed, you got to get rid of them.”
“This bill has a lot of good things. It’s helped a lot of people in West Virginia. It has a lot of challenges.”
“Affordable healthcare was never meant to be, if you’ve got insurance, now you’re going to have to buy more insurance that’s more costly and not as good. That has to be fixed!”
Now one of the biggest complaints raised by anti-Obamacare movement was echoed by Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen on Wednesday night on Fox’s The Kelly File with host Megyn Kelly, as he spelled out how canceled insurance premiums that don’t meet the qualifications set by Obamacare will leave the uninsured ironically uninsured due to a flawed website that is allegedly incapable of working properly enough to enroll people to allow them to purchase insurance through state exchanges via HealthCare.gov.
But oddly enough, also on Wednesday evening, NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams opened the show with breaking news that the Obama administration is planning to delay the deadline to sign up for healthcare through the Affordable Care Act up to six weeks because of ongoing glitches with the HealthCare.gov website, even though O’Reilly expressed accuracy doubts about the validity of that report, as the White House would later deny the claim.
So with key Democratic Senators like Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mark Begich of Alaska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Kay Hagan of North Carolina asking for an Obamacare delay, along with Manchin’s proposal, the country could be watching the end of the Republican civil war and the beginning of the Democrat’s civil war, especially if Reid tries to kill the bill or if it passes the Senate and Obama then vetoes it.
In the end, if Democrats turn out to be the ones who play a major role in getting any parts of Obamacare postponed, will Sen. Ted Cruz and the other government shutdown conservatives look like “wacko birds” or sly, political foxes—experts at the timing and the messaging of political chess?
And what will this mean for Obamacare if key parts of it are indeed delayed through friendly, political, Democratic fire?
Will the persistence of the anti-Obamacare tactics, everything from Sarah Palin's "death panels" to the recent government shutdown, eventually pay off with conservatives leading from behind?
Because if any part of Obamacare is delayed, the Republicans will appear to be the winners, at least on some level, especially after Obama spent so much time refusing to negotiate over such proposals during the shutdown.
And like those infamous, alleged, website glitches on the healthcare site, will Manchin's charge, not Cruz's charge against Obamacare be yet another glitch that the White House did not see coming?