Democratic congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia was one of the 39 Democrats to vote last Friday to allow insurance plans that were on the market in 2013 to be sold next year. But during a radio interview, Rahall made it clear that he didn't regret voting for Obamacare in the first place.
"I think there's more good than bad in that law," he said. Rahall added that he thought some of his constituents will find it was in their "best interest" to have their current plans canceled.
"I believe that West Virginians, once they have access to the website and once they have the information available to them, will be able to make the decisions that are in their best interests," Rahall said. "After all, those that are receiving the cancellation letters today, some 9,500 or more in West Virginia, they're not being told in these cancellation letters that its because they don't meet the requirements of the act. The requirements of which may be, if they're given the information, allowed access to it, may be in their best interest in the long term to be canceled."
Rahall, who has served in Congress since 1977, has usually won reelection by huge margins, but he slipped to 56 percent of the vote in 2010 and 54 percent in 2012.