Why doesn’t Holy Joe get punished for this garbage? As I said over on Facebook, “Sh*t, why don’t Dems just roll over and play dead now. They’ve already been playing fetch dog for the GOP.” (CNN):
Senate Democrats are preparing to drop a compromise health-care plan that would allow 55- to 64-year-olds to buy into Medicare because of opposition from Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, two senior Democratic sources said Monday.
“It’s what the White House wants, and there aren’t many other options that allow us to finish by Christmas,” said one source.
Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, has emerged as the majority party’s main obstacle to its efforts to get a health care bill through the Senate before Christmas. He ratcheted up his public opposition to the bill Sunday by threatening to join a Republican filibuster if the legislation contains either a government-run public health insurance option or a proposed alternative that would expand Medicare to people as young as 55.
“I think the danger always is you try to add too much onto a bill,” he told reporters Monday evening. He said he supports the “core” of the bill, including tighter regulations on private insurers, but he wants Democrats to “take off some of this stuff that runs the risk of creating federal debt, and moves toward a government takeover of insurance, which I think would be bad.”
I’m still trying to figure out what’s left in the bill that represents reform? If they make health insurance mandatory, how will unemployed or the poor be able to buy into the system? How will that help competition that will bring the cost of health care down?
What is the point of going down this road, Joe?
Keith Olbermann skewered Lieberman for approving Medicare buy-ins just three months ago — the same one he’s now against!