CT Senator Joe Lieberman Says “If the Public Option is in There, I will Not Allow this Bill to come to a Final Vote”


A Statesman emerges with convictions and principles … Former Democrat VP candidate says he will not vote for health care reform with a public option. Lieberman will vote to filibuster that plan if it contains a public option.

Independent Connecticut US Senator Joe Lieberman is for health care reform. However, he is not for Obama-Pelosi Care. Isn’t this the same guy who Democrats had run as their VP in 2000? My how the Democrat party has changed to the Far LEFT. This morning on Fox News Sunday, Lieberman told Chris Wallace that he was for reforming health care to stop the unsustainable increase in health care costs and to cover millions of uninsured’s; however, the Independent from the Nutmeg State is against the public option.

“The public option plan is unnecessary. It has been put forward I am convinced by people who really want the government to take over all of health insurance.”

Worse than that, we have a problem that is even greater than the health care problem and that is the debt.

“If the public option plan is in there, as a matter of conscience, I will not allow this bill to come to a final vote…

Senator Lieberman then went on to say that he believed that the debt escalating from $12 trillion to $21 trillion in 10 years because he believes that the debt can break America and send us into an even greater recession than we are fighting out of today. Lieberman stated that he did not want to do that to our children and grandchildren. Too bad the liberal Democrats in the House did not care about the future generations, only their own power.

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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “CT Senator Joe Lieberman Says “If the Public Option is in There, I will Not Allow this Bill to come to a Final Vote””

    1. TheOldWorld on November 8th, 2009 4:15 pm

      Erm. How would he insure the millions and stop the cost explosion without a player on the market that doesn’t focus on making illness into profit?

    2. Interested Bystander on November 8th, 2009 6:49 pm

      It’s called the market system.

      Oh those evil profit people, damn them.

      Insurance was never meant to cover the common cold. Get an HSA or HRA or high deductible plan. If Insurance carriers were allowed to sell across state lines, this would not even be an issue.

      Why is it that you can buy a mortgage, car or any item across state lines except insurance? Hmm?

      Public option is a government take over. It frightens me that you people are so willing to give up your freedoms. Read the friggin 2000 page bill. They want to control every aspect of your life.

      BTW, how is it that a $1.2 trillion plan does not cover everyone? How much is that other 4% going to cost?

      Also, what govt plan has ever come in at the cost that the govt said it would? Look at Medicare.

    3. flutter1 on November 8th, 2009 7:30 pm

      Reining liability suits would be a great way to cut down on the rising cost. Those suits are driving decent physicians out and causing the rest to over prescribe tests just to cover their own azzes from frivolous law suits.

      But just think, if that had already been done, John Edwards would not have been rich enough to support a wife and family as well as a mistress and love-child.

    4. barbreee on November 8th, 2009 8:13 pm

      My Mom is 76 years old, she’s very frightened by all this. The last thing she needs is more of the mail the government sends about her decreasing social security benefits, decreasing benefits on her diabetes supplies, forms she has to fill out and return.

      It’s pissing me off. It’s confusing and scary to our senior citizens.

    5. NewGirlBoston on November 8th, 2009 9:07 pm

      #1- OW- You have a very astute point. As millions/billions stand jeapordized if a Universal Plan passes in the Senate —-your question about being without “a player on the market” is, IMO obvious……Will the player forced to absorb the INCREASED costs of care end up being you and I ?

      Yes, indeed. More Medicaid….means all the indigent & every deadbeat in America will now be insured on our backs! Is this what you want?

      2,000 pages of this nonsense—yet I don’t remember reading much about Tort reform being addressed. About the only positive thing in there is that, if passed- Joe & Jane America cannot be denied health care coverage for pre-existing conditions (about time).

      While I’m certainly not an expert on Health Care Reform, don’t think it’s Rocket Science either. Don’t believe this will pass through Senate for a number or reasons, the most important being that the majority of folks do not seem to want the a Quasi-Gov’t or any Government Health Plan by Uncle Sam when the cost of carrying health care now is already spiraling under control—why would ANYONE want LESS COVERAGE and benefits/service for MORE money ?? Think about it? It just doesn’t make sense. The only parties to make out on this change will be the Government itself, Insurance Companies, Physicians, Drug/Pharmacuetical Companies, Lobbyists, Special Intrest Groups, Hospitals/Clinics, and America’s Lower Socio-Economic class. Why must those who are able to work get a free ride? The other side of that arguement is also—why must millions who simply don’t earn enough money to afford health insurance go without any assistance? It’s almost a catch-22- because it also does not seem right that families should suffer and run the risk of being put into bankruptcy bc they cannot pay for medical expenses & care.

      Certainly the average American overall will end up get less of everything across the board & but also end up paying more out of pocket expenses for the same or lesser quality of care.

      This bill will not make it through the Senate in it’s current state, IMO. It will be modified or finally- all the speed bumps Obama & the House are facing will slow them down to a full stop.

    6. St Stephen on November 9th, 2009 8:35 am

      I would be very surprised if health care reform got passed at all, watered down or not.

      The one thing that needs to stay is a provision barring denial of insurance for pre-existing conditions(as one insurance bigshot stated, they need to get rid of the “dogs”, in this case people with developmental disabilities). But that is the thinking of insurance companies and that is why reform IS NEEDED.

      Unfortunately President Obama does not help us and it seems the Republicans don’t have as clue of how to reform health care either.

      Both parties have and are enjoying the money the insurance lobbies doles out to them and they do not appear to want those perks to stop. That is why we need to put Conservatives in replacing Democrats and Republicans alike.

      Make insurance available across state lines and watch competitive capitalism in action, but I guess the insurance companies do not want that to happen so the Dems and Republicans who are on their payroll will see to it that it will not occur.

      And meanwhile, the jobless rate climbs to a 20+ year high and shows no sign of abating. This is all fodder for a change, a real one in 2010 and 2012. We just have to make sure the right people are elected and not another set of insurance groupies ready with their hand out for their money from the lobbyists.

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