November 1st, 2009
11:11 AM ET
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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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  1. reggie from la

    Tom B – your comment doesn't wash. Too reasonable. You know how that goes.

    And as for Mr. Lieberman, just what the ham sandwich are you anyway?
    Some kind of...something? How did you survive politically. Eeew!!

    November 1, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. JSL

    The poster boy for "making politician a 4 letter word".

    I'll be kind..."vile".

    November 1, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Mike Dallas

    The Dems do not need this snake, when Snowe came out and said she would not vote for it the only avenue to passage at that point became reconciliation.

    Once they dropped Snowe, the hand writing was on the wall, a simple majority is all that will be needed.

    November 1, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Perusing-through


    Joe Liebermann represents the state of Connecticut where most of America's Health Insurance companies are headquartered. In addition, Joe has been the receiver of millions of Health Insurance dollars, campaign funds, and special interest treats. So everyone knows where Joe's allegiances truly lie.

    November 1, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. CH

    Traitor Joe strikes again.

    The Republican'ts will do anything in their power to see to it that Americans are killed in the wars they dream up in support of the rich, and die in their own country in support of their fat cat contributors. And poor Traitor Joe doesn't even realize what a tool he is in the hands of America's enemies in the GOP.

    The final results of all of this will be a bill that benefits the rich and continues the war against the middle class that the GOP has been waging since Reagan's disastrous presidency. This is the "Contract On America" in spades. And if Democrats let them get away with it – after they were elected to begin to undo the damage done by the Bush crime family – then they deserve to lose, however little the rest of us deserve the GOP.

    November 1, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Aaron P

    Lieberman is a Traitor. He has no loyalties. First a republican, then a Democrat, now and independant. What a joke. He should not be given any power in the democratic leadership. Since the "Blue Dog" democrats are non-loyalist also, it doesn't make since to coddle Lieberman. Let him caucus with the Repubs. He seems to share most of their ideals anyway.

    November 1, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. fred wheeler

    He is no help to any one .

    November 1, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Don Gregory

    Remember: Yo-yo Joe said he had a "higher calling" when he was ran out of the Connecticut Democrat Party for being such a war-hawk.
    His "higher calling" involves keeping his interests in the Middle East protected by American blood and tax dollars. And health care program dollars just might bite into Yo-yo's plans.

    Yep, Connecticut people would be doing this country a great service by voting Yo-you Joe out his next exection. His interests are far from being America's interests.

    November 1, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Peter Vaguely

    I'll tell you what's better than no health care bill.
    It's important to explore health care reform because it forces guys like this to show their true colors. It's always good to shake the political bed linen and expose the scorpions hiding there.

    November 1, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. sagin

    I blame Mr. Obama for Joe's action. And I assume Obama is pressured by his chief of staff to 'untouch' this goon. Shame on democrats for the audacity of this moron to speak against democrats' big ticket item in such outrageous manner!! nuff said!

    November 1, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Pappy

    Poor Joe Lieberman still trying to remain relevant.

    November 1, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. skip johnson

    I was heartened to read the blogs about good old Joe. I had a lot to say but they said it all. This "man" Lieberman is really a jerk with no principles, a political disaster, a stooge of the insurance companies and of Goldman Sachs. He would sell this country out as fast as he could for his self interest, or for interests even outside those of this nation. Shame on you, Joe – it is time to be an American first and stand up for our ordinary citizens first. It is time for Joe to go – lets get him out of the Senate as fast as possible. The only good thing about Gore being cheated out of the 2000 election is that this jerk did not get to be Vice-President!!

    November 1, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. JIlli

    "No health care bill better than a public option" – this is coming from a man with government run health care.


    November 1, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Perusing-through

    The SNAKE has finally taken off his SHEEP clothing.

    November 1, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Liar Pants On Fire

    Sounds like LIEberman is pushing Dems to take up the bill and pass through reconcilliation hoping this will hurt Dems in 2010. LIEberman is working with Mccain to defeat Obama and gain seats for the Republicans in 2010. I'm not fooled; McCain is still sore for losing and LIEberman got egg on his face when Obama won. LIEberman is plotting and that is why this man decided to caucus with democrats but the danger for LIEberman is in 2012 demos will actively campaign prevent his re-election or kick him out of the caucus.

    I predict LIEberman will be irrelevant on the HCR bill and will bend over when he realize Obama is two steps ahead of him. And mcCain will remain his grumpy self.

    November 1, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. kuriya

    Connecticut you hear that and those Dems and Obama. He pull the rug under you guys. A traitor is always a traitor. Obama why do you think leaving health care in the hands of the Dems in congress is a good idea. They will bring you down with them. You better wise up and start to do think as president. You are proven to be a weak leader.

    November 1, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Blue

    The state of Conn. needs to step up and have a recall on Joe like they did in California.. The Senate does not need this type of bully. He is trying to destroy what the American people need and want.

    November 1, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. dan

    Liberman fits in nice with the whinning republicains.Democrats won now get over it and get a life.And lets get some things done.

    November 1, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. Jim

    Opponents of helping fellow Americans with universal health care and the public option use the argument that Government run institutions are always inefficient and over priced and run up the deficit. But isn't it interesting how that logic never extends to the military for them. The US military is the largest socialist entity in the world. It's Government owned and controlled. It costs billions. All taxpayers pay for it and it feeds on inefficiency. And it can take away your individual rights. Those in the military do not have all the legal or civil rights of a private citizen

    America has the most costly health system on earth while life expectancies are far higher in other countries with universal care. People who blame the government for the delays in the H1N1 vaccine need to remember that it is produced by the drug companies, not the President. Big business has failed the people one more time.

    Whatever happened to "We the people" and Government of the PEOPLE!!" Republicans and some Dems too are the servants of the corporations that have bought and paid for them.

    November 1, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Peggy Lucas

    Joe Lieberman resign! We don't need you. I'm sure you have never had to make a decision like pay the mortgage or have chemo? Buy drugs or buy food. You are a rich person who has no idea what it is like to not have health insurance. How much has the insurance companies padded your pocket? This is our only change and you are going to make sure we don't get it. Thank you for being greedy and think more of the money you make then the millions of American who die because they don't have health insurance.

    November 1, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. John

    This guy couldn't be more wrong.

    November 1, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. RangerDOS

    Sen. Joe Lieberman: Clueless in D.C.... He can't even make a choice on which party he belongs to! 🙂 I challenge Joe Lieberman to this: You and your family should spend a year poor. Just live off minimum wage and in a low income apartment for twelve months. No cheating, don't borrow any money from your elitist buddies or the many insurance lobbyist that line your pockets. I don't think you could do it... Wow, what a loser. So as soon as one of your loved ones gets sick, boy howdy will you be singing a different tune.

    November 1, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. WDRussell

    Get with the program folks. If the rich don't need it or use it, it is just a socialist luxury.
    All hail our noble masters.

    November 1, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. Tony in Maine

    No health insurance reform – exactly what his masters ordered.

    November 1, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Bruce in VA

    For the most part, the people commenting so far are a bunch of pissers and moaners. What is the problem we are trying to solve? Is it coverage? Is it affordability? I have no idea, and neither do the Democrats. They are throwing everything plus the kitchen sink at the "crisis". If the problem is coverage, let's find a way to help the poor purchase insurance, require everyone have coverage, and eliminate pre-existing conditions. If it is affordability, let's look at tort reform and (sorry folks but you have to look at) rationing. WHY BLOW THE WHOLE THING UP?

    November 1, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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