HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Senator Jay Rockefeller implied race is part of the reason many oppose President Obama and the Affordable Care Act.
As he chaired a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday, Rockefeller suggested opposition feels Obama is “of the wrong color.”
“It's not something you're meant to talk about in public, but it's something I'm talking about in public because that is very true," Rockefeller said.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin said it was offensive Rockefeller would play the race card.
"That you would say that opposition to Obamacare necessarily must stream from some inherent racism? Very offensive,” Johnson said at the hearing. “Listen, my opposition to health care has nothing to do with the race of President Obama."
We asked some people in Huntington whether they agree with Rockefeller.
"I can't say all over the country, but I know here in West Virginia it's probably the case," Larry Peters said.
A woman who works at a local hospital who wanted to remain anonymous said she believes Obamacare is doing more harm than good, and race is not a factor.
"So many doctors won't accept it because they limit billing on how much they can bill for a procedure and exams, so doctors just don't want to accept it," she said.