Lieberman Backs GOP Filibuster of Public Option

October 27, 2009

Sen. Joe Lieberman says he will back a GOP filibuster of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s healthcare reform bill because of its inclusion of a “public option” — a devastating blow to the Obama administration’s hopes of unified Democratic support for a healthcare bill with a government-run insurance program

The Connecticut Democrat, who is positioning himself as a fiscal hawk on the issue, told Politico he opposes any healthcare bill that includes the public option — even if it includes a provision allowing states to opt out of the program, as Reid’s has said the Senate bill will.

“We’re trying to do too much at once,” Lieberman told Politco. “To put this government-created insurance company on top of everything else is just asking for trouble for the taxpayers, for the premium payers and for the national debt. I don’t think we need it now.”

Lieberman added that he’d vote against a public option plan “even with an opt-out because it still creates a whole new government entitlement program for which taxpayers will be on the line.”

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[CAJ note: Technically Senator Lieberman is an Independent from Connecticut, though for many years he represented the state as a member of the Democratic party.]

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