December 14th, 2009
08:01 AM ET
3 months ago

Lieberman opposes Medicare at 55

Washington (CNN) - Dashing the hopes of Democratic lawmakers Sunday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman signaled he would oppose a health care bill that includes a proposal to expand Medicare to people as young as 55.

The independent Connecticut senator has told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, that he would vote against the Medicare at 55 proposal. He also said he would oppose cloture and work with the GOP if it ends up in the final version of the bill, two Democratic sources told CNN Sunday.

Unanimous Republican opposition so far means Senate Democrats need all 60 votes in their caucus, which includes Lieberman, to pass the sweeping bill.

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Filed under: Health care • Joe Lieberman
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Once a turd, always a turd!

    December 14, 2009 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  2. Michele

    What is Liberman's problem? Does he not care about the millions of people in this country who are self-employed and cannot afford basic care? Including this does not mean everyone under 60 wuld flock to Medicare, but it would have meant that the US was taking care of those who need it. He is acting like a fool.

    December 14, 2009 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  3. GI Joe

    He's one citizen in this country.

    I oppose Joe Lieberman. There – we're even, he is no more important than I am, or than you are.

    December 14, 2009 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  4. Rob Johnson

    Thanks for nothing, Lieberman.

    So you're basically against anything that might help the situation?

    I'm really starting to think that Lieberman has adopted the GOP position of "kill the bill at any cost."

    December 14, 2009 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  5. Mike Syracuse, NY

    This is a responsible decision. Medicare is about to go broke. How will allowing millions more into it make it more solvent?

    December 14, 2009 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  6. Indy

    What a surprise from the closet Republican.It's always about him and he has an incredible desire to be an idiot at any cost.As long as he knows he holds power this power hungry will do what he feels will help his cause.

    December 14, 2009 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  7. Joan

    What does Joe Lieberman really stand for? He seems so wishy washy on every issue. It seems if you are an "independent" you can change your views on a whim and as the wind blows. It's hard to believe that he actually ran for VP of the Democratic party. He seems to enjoy being a spoiler and getting his face in the news. I hope that if the health care bill goes down Lieberman, a few blue dog Democrats and the Republicans are held responsible for stopping health care for millions of Americans and for preventing much needed health insurance reform. They care more about causing one of Pres. Obama's initiatives to fail and they don't want to disrupt their friends in the big insurance companies. They are not putting the American people first. The American people should hold them accountable and vote them all out in 2010 and 2012.

    December 14, 2009 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  8. John Pinter

    He should be told that if he votes to block the majority from voting, He will lose his chairmanships, period.

    December 14, 2009 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  9. RichP the Pocono's

    This is a turning into a battle between entitlements and working for a living. Sixty five works just fine for me. I just hope it will be there in another 8 years.

    December 14, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  10. Terry from West Texas

    The idiotic rule in the Senate which allows 41% of the Senate to block any measure has stopped more progress than any other American institution. I think the Senate has proven that it is simply not useful to our Democracy. I wish we could get rid of either the Senate or the cloture rule.

    I wish we could get rid of Joe Lieberman too.

    December 14, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  11. Mad American

    More Democrats better wise up or they'll be voted out in 2010. Obama is destroying this country, he has spent more money in 1 year than Bush spent in 8. Where are the jobs? 1 trillion with essentially no jobs to show for it! WHERE ARE THE JOBS? Obama lied, he's not a uniter, he's not bipartison, he's wasting trillions of dollars so he can stack up pork projects for his friends.

    I'm glad I don't have kids because America will look like France in 30 years. Wait a minute, 10-15% unemployment........I guess Obama only needs 1 year to destroy what our forefathers built.

    December 14, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  12. ran

    Time to use the 51 vote option and give us single payer non-profit universal health care. the republicans and blue dogs and Lieberman will never vote for any real health care reform. Never.

    December 14, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  13. ALAN ST LOUIS MO

    MERRY CHRISTMAS

    AND A CORPORATE DEATH PANELS TO ALL

    FROM the REPUBLICAN PARTY AND BOUGHT OFF DEMOCRATS
    working hard to keep themselves RICH at the tax payer expense :)

    If the TRUTH HURTS please tune in to RUSH LIMBARF or FOX news they can sugar coat it for you. Make it feel good that you just shoot your self in the FOOT :)

    December 14, 2009 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  14. Hendrik

    I understand that Joe is in the Democratic caucus but he acts more like a Republican than Republicans do. I bet that, when the Republicans take over, and they will because of the unwillingness of the Democrats to stand together, Joe will begin to caucus with them. That way he can keep his chairmanship of Homeland Security. I say through the traitor OUT of the Democratic caucus. I hope that the voters in his state stop reelecting him.

    December 14, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  15. Will S

    Whose pocket is he in?

    December 14, 2009 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  16. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    I am sick & tired of this turn coat,it is time for the Dem's to cut Bait,kick him out of the caucus,take away his chairmanships.

    December 14, 2009 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  17. Kim

    Please let this guy just vote with the republicans. I'm so tired of him anyway!! Didn't he endorse Mccain as President? Senator Reid kick him out and include the public option!!!

    December 14, 2009 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  18. Fed Up

    No one can afford it anyway. COBRA is about the same price – exorbitant. That is a government run program also. It's cheaper to buy real insurance.

    December 14, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  19. haren

    well to get his vote let us bomb Iran to help Israel.

    December 14, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  20. New Yorker

    Democrats still persist in trying to quickly and recklessly sweep in a bill that will ruin health care in the U.S. Seems they will do anything to maintain their power grip by stealing from hardworking citizens and giving to slackers (no, I don't mean those who have legit reasons for not affording their own health maintenance) who comprise much of the Democratic constituency. We don't need massive, crippling health care reform; we need sensible reform that will help the relatively few who truly need a hand up (not to be confused with a "hand-out").

    December 14, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Are there any comments as to what Lieberman will support? I have heard anything that might resemble a plan that he is willing to go along with as of this point. I know that he won't support a government option; now he won't support Medicare being available at age 55. What does he propose? He is sounding like a Republican... Maybe he is and just doesn't know it.

    December 14, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  22. Right wingnuts are as dumb as a woonsocket

    Lieberman is one of the most worthless of all the senators. He puts his contributions from big insurance ahead of the people.

    December 14, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  23. Ex-NC-Pub

    Eevry time there seems to be an agreement you can count on old Turd Blossum LIEberman to run out and GRANDSTAND. This man is becoming more annoying than Palin.

    December 14, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. Right wingnuts are as dumb as a woonsocket

    Lieberman may think he can walk on water, but it is only because some crap floats.

    December 14, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  25. conservatives are useless

    hey joe there is an old saying what comes around goes around
    the Democratic party should have gotten rid of you along time ago
    and being an independent if you think the republican party is going
    to take care of you just look at Specter they threw him under the bus
    its about time the democrats finish the job they started and throw you under the bus

    December 14, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
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