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.

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.