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Manchin: Obama botched O-Care rollout

Sen. Joe Manchin (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.

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The West Virginia Democrat doesn’t face reelection until 2016, but many of his colleagues running in 2014 — including Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) — have sought to separate themselves from the rollout.

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.”

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