Lieberman Was for Health Reform Before Two-Faced Against it

October 29, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Senator “Holy Joe” Lieberman must be a very, very bitter man. Why else would he attempt to deny the American people desperately needed health care reform? Why else would he publicly announce that he intends to torpedo the Democratic health reform bill, if it contains a public option? Well, the answer is, yes he certainly behaves as if he is bitter, but he also craves media attention and he has been relishing his position as an Independent, caucusing with the Democrats, while crossing over the aisle to the Republican side, when they pay him greater homage.

Worse, Lieberman is now not only opposing health reform, but also misrepresenting the public option [lying], changing his reasons for opposing the public option from one day to the next. He says he plans to vote against cloture to prevent the Senate health care bill from even getting to the floor for debate. And Lieberman is threatening to break with the Democratic caucus to join the Republicans in a filibuster against the bill, if it includes a public option. But, guess what? Lieberman as usual, is disingenuous. During his 2006 Senate run, Lieberman actually endorsed [government run] universal health care coverage for all.

Lieberman’s 60th vote is needed to get the Senate bill to the floor and overcome a Republican filibuster. And once again, he is abandoning the Democratic Party when he is most needed. Despite his campaigning for Sen. McCain during the presidential election and speaking out in opposition to candidate Barack Obama during the RNC, Majority Leader Harry Reid still welcomed Lieberman back into the fold and allowed him to retain his committee assignments.

During Lieberman’s 2006 Senate run as an Independent, after losing the Democratic primary to Ned Lamont, Lieberman campaigned heavily for single payer, universal health insurance for all:

“What I’m saying to the people of Connecticut, I can do more for you and your families to get something done to make health care affordable, to get universal health insurance,” Lieberman said during a July, 2006, debate.

Lieberman also supported a proposal called, “MediChoice,” which would “allow anybody in our country to buy into a national insurance pool like the health insurance pool that we federal employees and Members of Congress have.”

Lieberman also promised his health insurance plans would cover “95 percent of those who are not covered now, and it will reduce the pressure on rising costs for all the millions of others.”

Three years later apparently, Sen. Lieberman is now strongly opposed to even a watered down state opt-out public option. In recent days, Lieberman has puffed up his chest and taken his disingenuous “I’m against the public option” road show to Fox News and any other media outlet that would have him.

One day Lieberman claims he opposes the opt-out public option, because it would raise the deficit and increase the burden on taxpayers. The next day he makes a contradictory argument, claiming a public option would reduce rates paid to health care providers, which would result in higher costs to consumers.

All of Lieberman’s stated reasons for opposing the opt-out public option are demonstrably false. Both the House and merged Senate bill are carefully crafted to be deficit neutral, requiring their public option to charge premiums sufficient to cover administrative costs as well as the cost of enrollees’ benefits. Additionally, even the Baucus bill, without a public option, would pay for the expansion of the Medicaid program and subsidies for private insurance, through an excise tax and penalty payments, along with Medicare savings.

It’s high time Harry Reid imposes some consequences for Lieberman’s harmful antics.



12 Responses to “Lieberman Was for Health Reform Before Two-Faced Against it”

  1. Richard on October 29th, 2009 11:13 am

    Oh, there WILL be consequences for harmful tactics! The American people will see to it! Lieberman is just saving his own skin.

  2. JL on October 29th, 2009 11:26 am

    Seriously, Lieberman is a piece of shit.

  3. Jared on October 29th, 2009 11:38 am

    Lieberman is acting like the only democrat with a brain. Oh, wait.. He’s an independent now because his democratic colleagues are too bitter about his dissenting opinion. “Why else would he attempt to deny the American people desperately needed health reform?” Really?? I don’t even know where to begin with that statement. It must be nice to boil are your arguments down to such black and white terms. At best, it’s lazy, but unless you’re really incapable of complex thought, it’s just plain misleading. No wonder the majority of Americans are fed up with the political discourse in this country. Terrible article.

  4. a on October 29th, 2009 12:52 pm

    “Why else would he attempt to deny the American people desperately needed health reform?” …are you serious?

  5. dave on October 29th, 2009 1:51 pm

    Deny Amercian people health care? Why should we pay for other peoples health care. I do not know why people lately have this give me complex like the government should give them health care. The Liberals are just spending like drunken sailors and ruining this great country. Should the government also provide daycare, or how about clothes for a new job.

  6. Julie Kayt on October 29th, 2009 1:59 pm

    The man is not what he claimed to be. I voted for him and deeply regret it.

  7. JM on October 29th, 2009 3:10 pm

    I totally agree with Dave. Why should the hard working people of this country continually pay for the people who won’t get of their lazy as….. and get a job, lose weight (since 65% of the people in this country are overweight) and strive for a better life. They all want someone to take care of them and I am getting tired of the government spending my tax dollars to support these useless people. How is the government going to pay for this anyway, without raising taxes. Another great job Mr. President, by promising not to raise taxes. Yea Right. Also, what about the President giving a 2% raise to all government workers starting Jan, 2010. Where is he getting that money from. I am so tired of this.

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  10. J on October 30th, 2009 1:16 pm

    Good to see there are other commentators that are just as fed up with this line of thinking as me (and most people I know for that matter). The fact of the matter is, this health care bill is not in the American people’s best interest–it’s about massively increasing the size of the government. There is NO ONE that currently has health care that will be benefited by this bill. Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the far left extremists are cramming it down our throats with the help of hapless lemmings like this article’s author. The simple restraint that we all live by–you can’t spend more than you make–does not seem to register with these leftist hijackers of our country. Spend more, take more. That’s their prerogative, but we need to stop letting it happen.

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  12. Angelo on October 31st, 2009 4:34 pm

    I would have no objection If Lieberman was acting out of principle. However, he is bought and sold by the CT insurance industry, the real reason for his threats to filibuster, pure and simple. Personally, I am concerned with the various bills–cost and complexity, mainly. However, I strongly believe a public option, open to all, is necessary to compete with private insurers. Private insurers have lacked competition for many years but have failed to adequately serve the country.

    JM’s comments about lazy people unwilling to get a job totally misses the real issues of needed reform. He/she obviously is ignorant about the real deficienies of the health care system we have to today. Peolpe with jobs also suffer from the greed of private insurers who ration care, deny them and/or cancel coverage, etc. So far, politicians have failed miserably in health care reform. Lieberman is no help.

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