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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Senator Lieberpoison (er, Lieberman) says he'll filibuster healthcare reform bill

Sorry about the name calling in the title, but... what a jerk!

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) told reporters today that he would in fact filibuster any health care bill he doesn't agree with--and right now, he doesn't agree with the public option proposal making its way through the Senate. "I told Senator Reid that I'm strongly inclined -- I haven't totally decided, but I'm strongly inclined--to vote to proceed to the health care debate, even though I don't support the bill that he's bringing together because it's important that we start the debate on health care reform because I want to vote for health care reform this year. But I also told him that if the bill remains what it is now, I will not be able to support a cloture motion before final passage. Therefore I will try to stop the passage of the bill."
See, Joe doesn't like the idea that people who are uninsured should be able to get coverage from a public plan, offered through the federal government, like kind of plan that Joe has access to because he is a United States Senator.

Joe's primary concern seems to be the welfare of Cigna, Humana, Premera BlueShield, and other big corporations that profit from healthcare. Like Aetna... the tenth largest single private contributor to Lieberman’s reelection campaign.

His criticisms of the public option (or competitive option, as Speaker Pelosi would like us to call it) - that it will add to the national debt and cost taxpayers a boatload of money - are wholly without merit. It's not the first time Joe has opened his mouth and made baseless, unwarranted, uninformed statements.

And Joe apparently doesn't realize that his own state already has something similiar to the federally proposed public option. It's called the Charter Oak Health Plan, and it enjoys the full support of Connecticut's Republican governor.

If only Ned Lamont was the junior senator from Connecticut...


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