November 1st, 2009
11:11 AM ET
5 years ago

Lieberman: Doing nothing better than a public option

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday that America would be better off with no health care bill instead of one that includes a government-run public health insurance option.

Speaking on the CBS program "Face the Nation," Lieberman said he would use whatever power he has to prevent passage of a health care bill with a public option.

However, the independent from Connecticut who sits with the Democratic caucus reaffirmed he will support starting Senate debate on a bill that includes a public option. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, says he will bring such a measure to the floor coming weeks.

Lieberman said that, if the bill still contains a public option when it comes time to close the debate, he would filibuster to prevent a final vote.

The Senate's Republican minority has promised a filibuster, and Lieberman would give the GOP enough votes to succeed in blocking the bill.


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soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. erika morgan

    I wonder what is the total that is spent on medical insurance under the current system by employers, workers, government and private individuals? And , I submit that with a not for profit insurance system this is the amount we could spend on healthcare without it costing us a penny more next year then it did last year.

    November 1, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Sam from Georgia

    Here it is, the war hawk concerned about the deficit. How about we cut the multibillion dollar aid that our country sends to Israel every year. Mr. Lieberman has devoted his career to diverting tax payers funds to Israel and proviking wars to defend it. Israel is a developed country with socialized health care and now he denies our people the same health care that is available to the Israelis. This guy makes me puke.

    November 1, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Reagan was wrong

    Hey Joe, I invite you to come out to California and share your views with my 29 year old friend who just got diagnosed with breast cancer and has no insurance.

    November 1, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    I'd like to ask Joe how he likes his government run health care, for starters. Or, depending on his age, his Medicare. I don't know how old he is, and frankly don't care. What exactly do the people of CT see in this man? I know what the insurance companies of his state, which are abundant, see in him, however.

    November 1, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Jim from Reno

    Joe isn't running for re-election. He is pandering to the insurance industry who has been funding his past camapign coffers so that in 20012 they'll hire him as a lobbyist. Can't anyone see this? Harry, throw Joe under the bus...strip him of his chairmanship and kick him out of the Dem caucus. Force him to become an irrelavant Republican.

    November 1, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Robert

    honesty liberman is right

    health care does need reform but not this extreme

    I really don't want to see people like ilegals get heath care

    also getting health care I don't belive is a right . why don't people just buy it themselves ? or earn it by working hard

    November 1, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    I decided to check on his age after all. He was born in 1942, which makes him a Medicare recipient, and a hypocrite.

    November 1, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Steve, New York City

    Lieberman, eh? Talk about the most UN-AMERICAN person in our senate.

    Does he even know the pledge of allegiance?

    Go away Lieberman – we are sick and tired of you!

    November 1, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. independent

    "Doing nothing is better." Joe certainly sounds like a member of the Party of No.

    November 1, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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