December 14th, 2009
08:01 AM ET
6 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. Liz

    Lieberman is a pathetic and narcissistic old man who wants to be sure his name goes down in history, even if it ruins the economy and the health of generations. He's like the little kid in class that acts out to get negative attention because he can't do anything positive. It's past time for Joe to retire and let someone with brains and heart have his seat in the Senate. His actions border on the sociopathic.

    December 14, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Netor

    Joe has always been an opportunist. This guy shoule be kicked out of the senate.

    December 14, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. John L. - NYC

    Stand for what you feel is right Joe, this Medicare expansion and the loopholes that go along with it are just another re-write of the public option and will raise the cost of health care, not lower it – waiting for the CBO estimate with bated breath. Given the beating our economy has taken, we can't afford this bill in its current form.

    December 14, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. Right Leaning Independent

    That a boy Joe!! Keep the monkey wrench in this plan so it fails and true reform can be hammered out!! No government run health care!! We can not afford it!!

    December 14, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Mike

    Why don't you idiots (republicans), just pass the bill. It is not going to be perfect, but it is a start. You can tweek it as different situations arise. If you are worried about getting re-elected, don't, 'cause it ain't going to happen!

    December 14, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. SY

    Judas accepted 30 pieces of silver in return for Jesus. What will Joe accept?

    December 14, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Of course he does. Along with any other rational thinking, intelligent person.

    Extending medicare to those 55-65 yrs. of age, would:

    1. Dilute Medicare for those who truly need it.
    2. Add to the costs of medical care for that age group, which would have to come from tax dollars.
    3. Run up the national debt, to an unrealistic level.

    That was the most foolish idea to come out of the health care discussions, yet.

    December 14, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. RahmAxleRod SuperTroopers

    Lets bankrupt the system...

    December 14, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. Wants Reform

    It too bad that compromise seems out of the question when crafting this legislation. Health care reform is something that Americans of all social and income class need. With Republicans being just plain obstinate and irresponsible and now many Democrats following a similar path just to make sure their jobs are intact next election there doesn't appear to be much hope for anything meaningful. Please do what you were elected to do a take care of America!

    December 14, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Former soldier

    I am just tired of the "centrists" who think they control the world. I am also tired of this threat of filbuster. Also, ridiculous. Joe, most of America is in favor of a public option. The Tea Baggers are simply being stirred up by those who profit from the status quo. This tactic of yours is total reprehensible. I am quite certain that AMericans would appreciate you all actually getting something done in the Senate as opposed to all of this idiotic grandstanding. Seriously, we have too many problems. We have tried the way you are leaning for a LONG time, let's move on. Insanity: Doing the same thing and expecting different results. Let the bill go to a vote, soon. ANd, btw, when you do that, move on to Cap and Trade, jobs, etc. Get to work, stop delaying everything. We NEED THE CHANGES NOW!!! Oh yeah, you work for big companies who all of this will hurt, forgot!

    December 14, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. Tony in Maine

    Mr. Lieberman represents Connecticut's insurance industry – not the people.

    He should be ashamed of himself, but of course, he isn't because he's an arrogant fool – even more so than the average politician.

    The Republicans of CT put him in office. The Democratic Caucus should strip him of all committee assignments and force him to cross the aisle. He is of no use as part of the so-called 60 vote majority siding with the Party of No whenever so directed by his puppet masters.

    December 14, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. no name calling

    I would like the same health care as Joe.

    December 14, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. mjm

    Good for Lieberman. It's not his fault that they wrote a terrible bill.

    This bill does nothing to improve Medicare and everything to destroy it.

    Write a better bill next time instead of trying to jam garbage down our throats simply because "you won".

    December 14, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. Terry B., Lexington, Ky

    Hey Joe, do the rest of us a favor and go ahead and become an official member of the GOP, you talk like one, you speak like one, you act like one.

    December 14, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. American Expat

    Lieberman is a Republican horse for the Democrats! Given his recent history, he should be stripped of any chairperson if not actually evicted from the party. With Lieberman around, you don't need any GOP opposition; he is doing it for them!

    December 14, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. American Expat

    Added: change that to "trojan horse."

    December 14, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. Jim

    It's amazing how the same Republicans who played the "kill grandma" card are opposed to the extension of Medicare. To date, Republicans are:

    – Against reducing Medicare
    – Against extending Medicare
    *** AGAINST ANY ACTION AT ALL

    December 14, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. proud conservative

    Thanks Joe, you are a credit to Democrats!

    December 14, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. Sam in KY

    Lieberman is a self-serving jerk. Rather than supporting him, Obama needs to support a Democrat to unseat him. Clearly, Lieberman is holding the health care bill hostage to get what he wants for himself. He cares nothing for his constituants.

    December 14, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    This guy needs not be voted into office ever again!

    What was Connecticut thinking?! Must be all that coldness numbing rational thought processes.

    December 14, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. diridi

    he is a total idiot..ok...get him out of senate...please...stupid and idiot...

    December 14, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. Minnesotan

    Once again, Lieberman proves that he's as hateful and incompetent as the Republicans. Who are the morons who keep voting this fool into office?

    December 14, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. the day you don't get elected, the U.S. will throw a party

    not just your state, the whole nation will with out warning celebrate your being gone

    December 14, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. Dem in AZ

    ahhhh at what age does the poor baby want poeple to get help at?

    December 14, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. Kelsey, OH

    I hope the Dems grow a spine and kick LIEberman to the curb. Let me get this straight, the Dems are not supposed to get ANYTHING out of this bill.

    I'm going to vote independent if the Dems don't do the right thing. Somebody better remind them that they are the majority.

    Now is the time to punish LIEberman. He knows the Dems are weak and they can walk right over them. I won't have.

    Show some strength Democratics and stand up to bullies like LIEberman. He shouldn't even be considered a Dem after siding with the Rethugs.

    December 14, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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