By Jonathan Easley - 11/19/13 02:09 PM EST
Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Healthcare: Public support mounts for action on opioids Clinton slams convicted ex-coal chief West Virginia Dem defends Clinton support despite coal remarks MORE (D-W.V.) criticized the Obama administration on Tuesday for “royally” botching the healthcare rollout.
“The bottom line is that they messed up, they messed up royally,” Manchin said on MSNBC. “There’s no excuse for this, and I’m not here trying to make excuses.”
Manchin is among a group of red state Democrats who have been critical of the administration's handling of the federal healthcare site.
Still, Manchin said the spirit of the law was sound and urged his colleagues to rally around a fix.
“I sure don’t want to go back to what we had before,” he said. “One serious or catastrophic illness away from bankruptcy, a child with a defect couldn’t get on their parents' [insurance] – or someone with a preexisting condition couldn’t get insured, or someone who was too sick said their only option was to die, I guess.”