(CNN) - West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin called Sunday for a delay to the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act, warning that the law could fall apart and fail to deliver the care promised.
"(Obamacare) falls of its own weight if basically the cost becomes more than we can absorb," Manchin said on CNN's "State of the Union.”
Manchin, along with Sen. Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, has endorsed legislation delaying until 2015 the requirement that virtually all Americans have health insurance or face a penalty fee.
Independent of the technical glitches that plagued the federal marketplace's initial launch on HealthCare.gov, Manchin said the year-long delay is necessary to improve the product as a whole.
"This whole 2014 will be a transitional year to find out where our glitches are, and our little nuances that we have to work for, and find out if the market can produce the products that we need to keep us healthy."
Manchin continued: "This transitional year gives you a chance to adjust the products to the market and to see if the market will absorb and buy the product."
The conservative Democrat said it's imperative that the United States improve on health care. And while President Barack Obama's law isn't the right fix, he said, it's progress nonetheless.
"Is this the right thing? Probably not. Is it a step in moving it? Yes, we're moving the ball forward," he said.
"I'm not worried about the glitches, computer glitches. We'll fix that sooner or later. I'm worried about having a product that the market will buy. And we're not letting people shop."
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