December 14th, 2009
01:24 PM ET
11 months ago

Lieberman a major problem for Senate Democrats on health care

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Sen. Joe Lieberman has emerged as the main obstacle to Senate Majority Leader Reid's efforts to get a health care bill through the Senate before Christmas, if ever. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - A few weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said colleague Joe Lieberman was the least of his problems in passing a health care bill.

Today, Lieberman has emerged as the main obstacle to Reid's efforts to get a health care bill through the Senate before Christmas, if ever.

An independent from Connecticut who sits with the Democratic caucus, Lieberman ratcheted up his public opposition to the bill Sunday. On the CBS program "Face the Nation," Lieberman said he would join a Republican filibuster if the bill contained either a government-run public health insurance option or a proposed alternative to the controversial provision - expanding Medicare to people as young as 55.

Lieberman also called for eliminating a provision to provide long-term home health care to the disabled while adding more cost containment measures to the $848 billion Democratic bill.

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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. IKHAN

    He is indeed a major obstacle for every legislation that abodes good for the American people.

    He is part of the problem of what is going wrong in this country. About time that we vote him & all those who work for big businesses & lobbies, out of office.

    December 14, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Right wingnuts are as dumb as a woonsocket

    It's time to let the anti American republicans filibuster through congress's Christmas break, and through the new year's bowl games. Hold the vote when they go back to their families or (girlfriends).

    December 14, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. JR

    It is time to ban the word "lobbying" in our language. We have to call it as it is: "CORRUPTION" like all the corruptions around the word, like in Afghanistan.
    I don't see any difference between what governor Rod Blagojevich did and what others have been doing. Rod is even better because his action would not have hurt anybody.
    If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama really need to pass this bill, why not reduce the filibuster 55 instead of 60 like Rep Alan Grayson has suggested?

    December 14, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. RichP the Pocono's

    That is a really disgusting picture but so appropriate of what's wrong with Washington.

    December 14, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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