Manchin: When I Said I'd Vote for Obamacare Days Before It Passed, I Didn't Know It Was 2,000 Pages Long
12:03 PM, Oct 24, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Via the Huffington Post, here's West Virginia governor and Democratic Senate candidate Joe Manchin explaining on Fox News Sunday why he would have voted against the health care bill:
Manchin was asked on March 15: "If you were a House member ... and you've got your choice: vote up on the Senate bill or vote down on the Senate bill, how do you vote?"
"I'd be for it," Manchin replied. "You have to move this ball forward. ... I have never, since I've been in the legislative process, and since I have been governor, I have never got a perfect bill.""
So apparently sometime between March 15 and March 21 when it secured final passage in the House, Manchin realized that Obamacare and was really long. Manchin also criticized the bill because of "the mandate, and firewall is not strong enough for abortion. I'm pro-life."
Of course, the mandate was a part of every major version of the bill and Manchin offered no caveat on March 15 that he would have supported Obamacare only on the condition that it prohibited taxpayer-funding of abortion. As the HuffPo's Sam Stein says, this "can only be described as a full 180" flip flop.