Democratic senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia refused to answer a question about his position on repealing part or all of Obamacare this afternoon outside the Senate chamber. Asked by THE WEEKLY STANDARD if he supported repealing any part of the 2010 health care law, Manchin then stepped into an elevator with retiring Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who laughed as the elevator doors closed.
Soon after the Supreme Court ruling in June that upheld most of the health care law, Manchin released a statement calling for Congress to take “additional action to repair” the law, “fixing what is wrong…and saving what is right.”
The House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday on a bill to completely repeal Obamacare.
Manchin was also unresponsive when asked by TWS if he supported the president’s proposal to raise taxes on those making over $250,000 a year. Manchin has voted against similar proposals in the past, and he told reporters as recently as last month that he supports the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan’s tax reforms, declining to endorse the Democratic leadership’s position on increasing taxes on
Arugably the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, Manchin is up for reelection this year after winning a special election to the seat in 2010. He has frequently criticized his own party from the right.
Manchin and his successor in the West Virginia governor’s mansion, Earl Ray Tomblin, have not endorsed Obama for reelection and will not be attending the national convention in Charlotte.