Dem Senator: Obamacare May Face ‘Complete Meltdown,’ Give GOP Senate

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said on Sunday that Obamacare’s endless problems could create a “complete meltdown” and endanger Democrats’ control of the U.S. Senate.

“If it’s so much more expensive than what we anticipated and if the coverage is not as good as what we had, you’ve got a complete meltdown at that time,” Manchin said on CNN’s State of the Union. “If it falls of its own weight, if basically the cost becomes more than we can absorb, absolutely.”

The West Virginia Democrat’s comments come one day before Obamacare’s critical December 23 enrollment deadline. The Obama administration says it needs to enroll seven million people by the end of March for Obamacare’s financials to work as designed. Tomorrow’s enrollment deadline marks the midpoint of the healthcare overhaul’s implementation, meaning the program would be expected to have roughly 3.5 million enrollments to keep on pace.