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Sen. Manchin: Obamacare Has 'More Than a Rollout Problem'

By Wanda Carruthers   |   Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 03:52 PM

The problems with Obamacare extend beyond glitches with the website, Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday.

"They have more than a rollout problem. There is a product problem," the West Virginia Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"We have to make sure the products are there. And, the market will determine that product," he added.

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As millions of Americans are losing private health insurance because of new Obamacare mandates, Manchin suggested the idea of a "transitional year" to ease the financial burden people might face with higher premium costs and deductibles.

"It should be a transitional year. You can't just put it off, and keep putting it off. I said, 'Just don't put a crime or a fine to the bill this year. Let's work through it, get the products right,'" he said.

Nearly the entire problem with Obamacare is the website, former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told "Morning Joe" Thursday.

"Ninety-eight percent of this problem is the website," Gibbs said. "It is the portal by which people go in and change their policy, get a new policy. That's what they have to fix."

Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle told the "Morning Joe" panel Thursday he and fellow Democratic colleagues in the House told the president he must make changes by Friday to allow for people losing health insurance.

Democrats threatened to join with Republicans to vote for a bill to allow people to keep their insurance to "send a message to the American people and the White House," Doyle said.

"It will be some members' of Congress only chance to be on the record, as to whether or not they think people should keep their insurance," Doyle said.

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