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. S Callahan

    Do they really 'think' in see a bunch of words about I want this, I don't want this...but none of them make clear to anyone why. What's stuffedi n the back pockets of these people? Personally, I support the co ops...but ....if must be affordable to everyone...and sustainable to the benifits offered today, yet cheaper. I think no one really knows what the heck they are doing besides comfusing themselves and everyone else along with them...scrap the whole Health Care deal and start over!!! This must be done right, lives depend on it.

    November 1, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. If Republiklan neo-cons represent “christian” values and they will spend Eternity in Heaven, then my only inquiry to St. Peter will be, “Where is the down escalator?”

    To all you "chirsitans" that are against the public option, let us say for the sake of argument that 20% of the folks receiving some type of government "handout" is gaming the system and do smoke cigarettes, spend the day drinking beer in front of the flat screen..

    You are obviously, willing to throw the other 80% of the innocents and the children of the 20% to the lions, which in this century would be insurance companies who favor profit over life) to die?

    How is that "pro-life" or "christian"?

    Please, explain. this heathen is confused with your "living by example".

    November 1, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Perusing-through

    Obama led the Democratic Party to forgive "Snake-Oil-Salesman" Joe Lieberman for his vicious attacks against Obama/Biden during 2008 elections. During Joe’s attacks against Obama, he supported Sarah Palins lies that Obama was a Muslim terrorist who backed Bill Ayers. All these attacks from Joe Lieberman should have made middle-class America wake up to the real SNAKE from Connecticut.

    Ironically, Sarah Palin and the GOP would never forgive him if the shoes were on the other foot.

    November 1, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Moonbeam

    Senator Lieberman already has a spectacular "public option" health plan. We all are paying for it out of our taxes!

    November 1, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Joe

    I am speechless. How much lower can he go, people are suffering due to high costs and no coverage, and he say's status quo is good.

    Joe you have lost touch with common America, which planet do you live on?

    Sincerely, your former fan.

    November 1, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. The Party of NO is only “pro-life” to save a zygote now, so it can then kill the “babies” 18 years later as soldiers in an elective religious war.

    I find it ironic for a man of Jewish descent with a lineage in which millions of people were killed simply for being Jewish, is now willing to allow thousands of people to die simply because they are poor.

    November 1, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Independent

    Well then all Congress people give up your insurance and buy your own....why should I pay for yours???? You have the option of which one you want.....I would like to see a bill go through the Senate and the House, that once a Congress person leaves office, they DO NOT get any insurance, they have to BUY THEIR OWN!!!! Sounds FAIR to me....

    November 1, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Moderate MD

    My health care insurance premiums are going up 14% in 2010! That's after they have already doubled in the past 6 years. And Clueless Joe thinks that the status quo makes more sense than trying to fix the problems? Hey Joe (and all you Rebublicans who believe the way Mr. Lieberman does), if you are not part of the solution – you ARE the problem. Folks who are so worked up about the "public option" really have not checked out the facts for themselves, but are relying on lies from those on the right who simply do not want President Obama to succeed at anything. Period! Please folks, open your minds and learn how to investigate all of the facts for yourselves. There is no magic answer here, and it will take a long time and several tries to get it right. But doing nothing? That's just dumb.

    November 1, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Simmy

    Sen Joe........Some things are better left unsaid.....You should never have been embraced by the White House.....You would sell your birthright to get your way.....What did I miss? You are the worst......You are right down there with the Cheneys....Peace....

    November 1, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |

    I personaly believe that it has come the time for senate leadership to sit mr liberman down an explain the facts of life to him . an that if he continues to followed the republican line against health care reform in this country that he would be endangering his leadship positions on the varoius commities that he now holds . What i personaly fail to understand is why dont the democratic leadership ram these haelth xcare bill thorught both the house an senate while they have the majority in both the house an the senate just as the republicans did so during the previous Bush Cheney years in which the republicans had the majority in both houses along with the white house. i say the democrats need to quit allowing the republicans in both house to be objtruuctions to passing the health care reform bill it is my understand that they dont have to really have but 51 vote to rams the health care bill in passage for the american people thank you

    November 1, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. JD

    Non-loyalists? Since when did America dabble with the ideals of imperialism? To use a term drubbed by Nancy Pelosi, "Those are scary words."

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

    Typical Lieberman...doing nothing is better than a public option. At least a public option increases choice and perhaps lower premiums. Will it make health care less expensive in the long run? The jury is out, but doing nothing will keep the insurance companies rich. It's no coincidence that Lieberman wants to keep the insurance companies rich, since he probably received millions of dollars in campaign donations from them.

    November 1, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Carol Auburndale, Fl

    It is time to send Joe the republican puppet back to Connecticut and leave him there. I think it is time for the Democrats to give him the boot. He should never have been allowed to hold his posts after what he did during the election. I have a solution to get the Health care all Americans need. Have President Obama tell these twits in congress as of January 1, you have no insurance and go get your own. If, "We the People" don't need a public option, I guess they don't either and we should not be paying for theirs.

    November 1, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Becky

    It seems to me, as things currently stand, there truly is no incentive for doctors to actually cure their patients other than their own moral convictions. I believe most people would agree that it can often feel like people no longer operate within moral guidelines. But I do, however, also believe that there are just as many people out there that do use an ethical guideline in their lives. Given that, consider healthcare reform in this manner. Under our current status quo, physicians can be more encouraged NOT to cure their patients than to do so for financial gain. If you are cured, then you won’t be frequenting their waiting rooms every month looking for your relief in a bottle. Put the industry in the government’s control, which is (regardless of current sentiment) ultimately in the hands of the people…the voters, and what you can get is a system that will be accountable to people which will stimulate the desire to actually get the patient well. I think that we could find that we have a good free rider opportunity here. That is an opportunity to help deter a generation of addicts that are evolving from an unregulated prescription drug addiction empire that is growing at rapid rates in our criminal sector of society. Keep ‘em sick, they’ll have to keep coming back. I certainly do not believe this to be true of all physicians. I’ve certainly seen a great many that operate upon moral principals and are genuinely concerned about their patients. But to neglect that fact that there are those out there that are not treating prescription addiction as an income opportunity is simply naïve. Let’s just consider some of the good sides of this reform as well.

    November 1, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. B

    This guy is the most disgusting excuse for a politician to ever show up.

    Lieberman is a TURNCOAT that blows in the wind and has no compassion for anyone but himself and money!

    November 1, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. AJON

    So who is he representing?

    Lieberman has accepted $2,395,369 in donations from the health sector and $1,033,402 from the insurance industry.

    Let us not make this about Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi. This is about the millions of hard working Americans who no longer can afford or never had health insurance.

    Traitor Joe is only looking out for himself.. He told the people of his state to "go to hell".

    From a Research poll, taken in Connecticut last month:

    "Do you favor or oppose creating a government-administered health insurance option that anyone can purchase to compete with private insurance plans?"

    Favor 68%
    Oppose 21%

    So who is he representing?

    Retire Traitor Joe and try to save the little respect you still have... When you vote with the Republicans to oppose the biggest bill in the last decade, you will no longer be able to hide in either party.

    Republicans don't like traitors any more than the DEMS...

    November 1, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Joseph

    Lieberman's wife is a big Pharma/Insurance lobbyist. Old Joe isn't gonna let wifeypoo miss a $$ for the good of the middle class. Hopefully this will teach the Dems a lesson, so strip this P.O.S. from his chairmanship and I guarantee we the voter in Conn. will take care of him next election

    November 1, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Andy

    Say it ain't so Joe! You DO have government run health care Joe, right? So, it's OK for you but not for the rest of us. Why is that Joe?

    You do represent the state where the big insurance companies have their headquarters right? Why are most of them in your state only? How did that happen?

    You are the Number 1 receiver of campaign dollars in the US Congress from the very same insurance companies located there right? Does that influence your position? "No" you say. Really?

    Sounds as if we need to ask Rep, Grayson to "look into this matter" and see what he can tell us about it on National TV. Then, you can use the details of his investigation during your fillibuster time. I'm SURE he wouldn't mind.

    November 1, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Branden

    Every single thing the Republicans do is just glaring with hypocrisy (Joe Libberman included). Lets summarize:

    They claim to be the party of Jesus and faith. Yet jesus preached looking out for your fellow man the less fortunate. But what are they worried about in this health care debate? They're worried about the well-being of the insurance companies.

    They claim to be the party of small government. That is of course until we're talking about gay and women's rights. That's apparently when it's time for government to step in and get involved, when citizens are making their most personal choices about who they want to marry and what they want to do with their bodies.

    They claim to be the party who's "tough on terrorism". But lets keep in mind that the largest terrorist attack on American soil occurred under a Republican administration. Lets also not forget that their polices have lead to a major uptick in the amount of religious fanaticism around the world.

    Keep up the good work you bunch of bible-thumping hypocrites!

    November 1, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. not alone

    wow all this gripping over a total of 2% that might join a public option(those who got hosed by the isurance gaints to begin with).Only shows though who Liberman is working for and it aint the dem or repub,but his own self interests,Dems ought to boot him though from the coucus if he is not going to play nice with them.

    November 1, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Larry

    Hey Joe ...


    Go watch a football game with your Buddy George W. ... I'll buy the pretzels

    November 1, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Larry

    Hey Joe ...


    Or sniff around some fire hydrants


    Real Americans are going to remember your STINK

    November 1, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. DSA

    This guy (Liberman) is nothing more than a Republi-con pretending to be an Independent. He is as useless as the party he is supporting in the debate on Health Care. We need the Public Option. There is no other way that the insurance companies are going to lower rates. They have Lberman in their pockets just like all other Republi-cons.

    I public re-election!

    November 1, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. carmen figueroa

    good ol joe. protecting all those huge insurance companies in his home state. he is against all things bad, unless they impact his state. he is so vapid.

    November 1, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |

    If liberman goes to a fillbuster mode then the demratic leadership in both the house an the senateside of the captiol should then move for a reconcillation vote an ram health care thru the congress just as the republicans did during the BUSH & CHENEY YEARS They ram bils thru without any bipartisianship comming from the democratic sides of congress the people of conn need to kick liberman out of the senmate in the next election cycle as that he is in fact a republican dressing in a donkey costume thank you

    November 1, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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