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Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Tuesday that he’d back a GOP filibuster of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s health care reform bill.
Lieberman, who caucuses with Democrats and is positioning himself as a fiscal hawk on the issue, said he opposes any health care bill that includes a government-run insurance program — even if it includes a provision allowing states to opt out of the program, as Reid has said the Senate bill will.
"We're trying to do too much at once," Lieberman said. “To put this government-created insurance company on top of everything else is just asking for trouble for the taxpayers, for the premium payers and for the national debt. I don’t think we need it now."
Lieberman added that he’d vote against a public option plan “even with an opt-out because it still creates a whole new government entitlement program for which taxpayers will be on the line."
His comments confirmed that Reid is short of the 60 votes needed to advance the bill out of the Senate, even after Reid included the opt-out provision. Several other moderate Democrats expressed skepticism at the proposal as well, but most of the wavering Democratic senators did not go as far as Lieberman Tuesday, saying they were waiting to see the details.
Lieberman did say he's "strongly inclined" to vote to proceed to the debate, but that he’ll ultimately vote to block a floor vote on the bill if it isn’t changed first.
"I've told Sen. Reid that if the bill stays as it is now I will vote against cloture,” he said.
“I can’t see a way in which I could vote for cloture on any bill that contained a creation of a government-operated-run insurance company,” Lieberman added. “It’s just asking for trouble – in the end, the taxpayers are going to pay and probably all people will have health insurance are going to see their premiums go up because there’s going to be cost shifting as there has been for Medicare and Medicaid.”
Lieberman said he “very much” wants to vote for health care reform but that he’s worried about stifling “the economic recovery we’re in” or adding to the federal debt.
“I feel this way about a national, government-created health insurance company – whether it’s a trigger or not,” he said. “My answer is – we’re – we have the opportunity to do some great reforms here. These exchanges that we’re talking about, I think, are going to drive competition and probably bring the cost of health insurance down or at least contain the cost increases for a lot of people. Let’s give that two or three years to see how it works to see how it works before we talk about creating another entitlement that will end up increasing the national debt and putting more of a burden on taxpayers.”
On Monday....at 3:30 PM Eastern time in USA, the CNBC 'Market Watch ' channel broadcast a 'face-time'- press release by Senator Reid..
.he said the the 50 US States have the opportunity to OPT OUT of the Senate Health Care 'Public Option' of the new improved & latest & final, Senate Bill ...that was just passed today the 26th of Oct!
know what this means... by telling the individual States they can OPT-OUT of the Public-Option...
that action makes it impossible for the sale of individual Health Insurance Policies across State lines.
The decision is cleverly disguised as 'freedom'-of-choice for the population...but in fact limits the options the American public has at their disposal regarding health insurance policies...
so, if you thought you could purchase a health policy from Michigan for example, because the firm offered a less expensive package than your own state's insurance firms...
you & I are out-of-luck for a number of reasons stemming from the States option-of-uncertainty in OPTing OUT of the PUBLIC OPTION provided by the federal government/congress
~~~~~~~`this action will result in the medical field Lobbists & their interaction with the Lawmakers are thrown into a really, really wild affair until 2014! & means all the various medical insurance providers are being givren 'protected territories' & boththe insurers and the Lobbists will make out like bandits between 2010-2014, at which time they will have 'circled-their-wagons' and have begun their own attack on the peoples pocketbooks/wallets ... If the 'Books close' on the public option bet..
Originally posted by AllexxisF1
Their is more FUD in this thread than on Fox Noise.
The only people that Lieberman is listening is the ones that fill his pockets with campaign money, the man can not even make his mind on which side works best for him when it comes to political parties.
Originally posted by AllexxisF1
Moreover if single payer is such a bankrupt system than why does every single western nation have it, yet they are not bankrupt, hmmmmmmmmm.
Originally posted by ProfEmeritus
This shows that there is at least one Democrat who is still watching out for the horrendous deficit that the current Administration is creating.
Joe Lieberman is a man of honor, and IMHO is putting the country first, ahead of his party.