Manchin calls for yearlong shift to O-Care

Manchin calls for yearlong shift to O-Care

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocrats scramble to contain Franken falloutĀ  Overnight Finance: House passes sweeping tax bill in huge victory for GOP | Senate confirms banking regulator | Mulvaney eyed for interim head of consumer agency Overnight Regulation: Senators unveil bipartisan gun background check bill | FCC rolls back media regs | Family leave credit added to tax bill | Senate confirms banking watchdog MORE (D-W.Va.) said on Sunday that ObamaCare is a step in the "right direction," but Americans need time to adjust to President Obama's signature healthcare reform law.

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While speaking on CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley Sunday morning, Manchin touted his bipartisan bill with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) that pushes for a delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.

"Is this the right thing? Probably not," Manchin said of ObamaCare. "Is it a step moving in the right direction? Yes."

"When we rank 43rd in the world on wellness, then you need to do something."

"I am worried about having a product that the market will buy. So we said, 'Why don't we have 2014 be a transitional year?' " Manchin said.

Manchin has long voiced his opposition to the mandate, which requires uninsured individuals to either purchase health insurance coverage or pay a fine.