December 14th, 2009
08:01 AM ET
7 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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  1. aneanderthal

    Thank God for Lieberman. I am so glad that the libs decided to try to screw him over and he went independent. Notice that over half the money the Senate controlled yesterday went for Medicare and Medicaid. Half. We are paying a lot of taxes for non working, non taxpaying Obama supporters already and he wins prizes for giving away more of our money.

    December 14, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. W l Jones

    How about eliminating public health care for senators under 55 years of age?

    December 14, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Steve Scrivani

    I am sooo upset by Sen. Lieberman! He is voting against the Healthcare Bill, I believe, because he is probably on the take from all the insurance companies headquartered in CT. I He is a one issue senator – which is protecting Israel. I am pro-Israel – always have been. But it is obvious to me that he always votes with the hawks because he wants the U.S. to damage the Arabs. He doesn't want peace with the Arab world.
    I would like to see him investigated because I bet he is taking illegal under-the-table payments from the Israeli government and also illegal bribes from the insurance companies.

    December 14, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. Michael-SC

    I oppose Lieberman

    December 14, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    Total disgrace. Coward. GOP loving obstructionist butthole. I'm going to start a movement to remove all Senators off of the public option, or tax dollars, that pay for their medical care. Lieberman should have plenty to talk about when he's burning in Hell for eternity with like-minded haters like Hitler and Pol Pot.

    December 14, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. Jesse in Maryland

    Well, at least there's one person with some common sense in the Senate. Coming up with a bill that pours millions of people into a nearly bankrupt system, and then funding that bill with half a trillion dollars in cuts from that same system is a plan only Reid and Pelosi could think is responsible or sane. Go Joe! Put the brakes on this monstrosity for good! We need REAL REFORM, not political gamesmanship from the ultra-left.

    December 14, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. phoenix86

    Thank you Joe, for remaining a voice of rationality surrounding by the democratic lunacy of spend spend spend.

    December 14, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. Jerry Coltrane

    The 'health care' bill is totally in chaos. Wonder why. Could it be that there is no HEALTH CARE in the bill, only government control of American daily life. Leave it to the democraps to try to change everything; thereby increasing tax burdens and ruining what is already available.

    December 14, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. Willa-PA

    Don't bank on Lieberman for anything other then obstructionism and ties to the party of NO...

    December 14, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  10. Michael in Orlando

    Come on Joe, get with the program. I hear all the hype from both sides but when I speak with people in person almost all of them are for the Public Option. At least recognize that you are doing nothing but obstructing.

    Your like the spies in the movies. The evil one that everyone despises.

    Get a grip and help make this country better instead of the same ol same ol.

    December 14, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  11. The real Mike in MN

    If what I heard about buying into Medicare is true, that it would cost $7,500, that's just a stupid idea because anyone can find private health insurance for less. We need four things out of the bill, a way to control costs, to make sure everyone can afford health insurance, making sure insurance companies can no longer drop people because oh my gosh they are using what they paid for, and to get rid of the whole preexisting conditions clause. The democratic countries of Europe and Japan, just to name a few, make a public options or full government healthcare work and yet for some reason we have this belief that it can’t work even though it’s been shown to work.

    December 14, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. Marion/Alabama

    At least someone is using common sense. You can not increase a program,and cut funding,yet have no way to pay for it and make it work.The Democrats are grasping at straws to pass a health care reform bill that has no reform. It does not lower costs,there is no regulatory measures to keep the insurance companies from raising their rates. It looks like nothing more than a fast grab at take over by government,and after they have had 50 years to fix Social Security and years to fix Medicare,they want to start another program on top of one that is going broke?

    December 14, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. Jim

    I think Senator Lieberman ought to recuse himself from this debate since his wife works for Aetna. I also think the Democrats ought to let the Republicans filibuster the bill for as long as it takes.

    December 14, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  14. Fred the Moderate

    Not odd Lieberman opposes anything that will help someone other the Joe Lieberman. He's a republican and should be allowed to caucus with them.

    December 14, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  15. Gary

    Lieberman just likes having the power.

    December 14, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    I don't know what the Democrats expected from this guy. He was on the campaign trail with McCain and Palin – duh! Guess it's easy to see from here on the outside.

    Republicans have been trying since Obama was sworn in, or maybe even before, like back in 2006, to obstruct any meaure that isn't corporate friendly. Therefore, Congress, if anyone hasn't noticed, has been at nearly a standstill due to that obstructionism. And we're paying these people very good wages and benefits out of our hard earned tax dollars. We need to get a clue. Our "lawmakers" aren't doing their jobs. What happens to us when we don't do our jobs?

    December 14, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Just further proof that Dems made a HUGE mistake taking this useless Benedict Arnold flip-flopper back into the fold. He's been nothing but a pain in the tuckus and a detriment to progress of any kind.

    December 14, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. Dawn Ada,Ohio

    Ok Dems when you are going to actually do something with this Republican and strip him of all of his committee chairmanships. He has
    ruined any hope for a good health care option and now he wants to ruin this as well. I'm done. If someone doesn't do something to save this soon I will campaign against everyone who does nothing. My hope for reform is dead. Take the power that the people have given you and do something with it today!!! Start over if you have to but do something.

    December 14, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. Right wingnuts are as dumb as a woonsocket

    It is time to take joltin' Joe's chairmanship away from him.

    December 14, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  20. Brice

    Lieberman, you said "good idea" and now you opposes it? Are you playing a game with American's life?

    December 14, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Laverne

    If I were Harry Reid I would forget trying to get Joe the loser on board. He should go back to Olympia Snowe who at least is willing to negotiate outside of a public options. If the Dems are so lucky to be able to pass the bill without "NO JOE", I would drop this ass like a bad transmission and strip him of his chairmanship, gift wrap him and give him to the republicans!

    December 14, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. ROD hALE

    Yea- you can bet Lieberman sold out to the health insurance industry. Why the democrats would trust this jerk is beyond me. Needs to be stripped of all posts.

    December 14, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  23. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Great ...lets cancel his Congessional Insurance coverage and then we'll see a different Joe. The attitude is " I have mine...let all the average folks suffer ...and... let them pay MY inurance Coverage with their hard earned taxes. After all my big corporate insurance contributors make all kinds of money of these smucks. Thanks Joe for your concern for all Americans. You have helped make the USA what it is today.

    December 14, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  24. Mark

    Medicare is going bankrupt. Only a left wing liberal would think expanding the benefits would be a good idea.

    December 14, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  25. Obama = WORST president EVER

    GO JOE!! Adding more people to medicare while cutting the funding is NUTS.

    This is what happens when liberals run the world.

    December 14, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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