14 December 2009

Lieberman opposes Medicare at 55 Option

Dashing the hopes of Democratic lawmakers Sunday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman signaled he would oppose a health care bill that includes a proposal to expand Medicare to people as young as 55.

The independent Connecticut senator has told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, that he would vote against the Medicare at 55 proposal. He also said he would oppose cloture and work with the GOP if it ends up in the final version of the bill, two Democratic sources told CNN Sunday.

Unanimous Republican opposition so far means Senate Democrats need all 60 votes in their caucus, which includes Lieberman, to pass the sweeping bill.

Earlier, on the CBS program "Face the Nation," Lieberman and moderate Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska cited necessary changes to the bill before they would vote for it.

Lieberman outlined steps that he said would ensure the bill passes the Senate with support from Democrats and some Republicans. Forget about the government-run public health insurance option, Lieberman said, as well as the Medicare measure that was proposed last week as part of a package of alternatives to the public option.

Lieberman's other conditions were eliminating a government insurance program focused on home health care for the disabled and strengthening cost-containment provisions.
"We don't need to keep adding on to the back of this horse until the horse breaks down and we get nothing done," Lieberman said.

A senior Senate Democratic leadership aide told CNN that the "Democratic leadership was shocked about how strident Lieberman was in his opposition to the Medicare proposal when he went on the Sunday shows."

I am continually impressed by how Joe Lieberman stands up to the extremists of his (former) party. He may be a little to the left of me but Lieberman is a real common sense guy who can work to get things done on both sides of the isle. THIS is what we need more of. THIS is what is missing in politics today. I wish he would pick up with the Whigs.

1 comment:

Scotty09 said...

Whether you agree with the idea of a Medicare buy-in or not...Lieberman is a hypocrit...theres a Youtube interview with him earlier in the month in which he was actually advocating an expansion of Medicare...so what changed in a few weeks? Democrats just need to strip him of his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee and ignore this little man...what a Joke