By Laura Barron-Lopez - 12/22/13 09:40 AM EST
Sen. Joe Manchin (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.
"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.