November 1st, 2009
11:11 AM ET
13 years ago

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. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Curious. Conservatives vehemently oppose government health care while vehemently defending Medicare... which is government run health care. And let's not forget the congressional health care plans paid by our tax dollars too. What hypocrites!

    November 1, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. jon

    Joe Lieberman is the face of the truly modern politician; that is one who speaks honestly about the issues, regardless of which party his views align with. Altough I believe in a publice option personally, I respect this man's honesty. Other politicians would be wise to follow his lead, as I see voters losing patience with partisan politics.

    November 1, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Bob Zmuda

    Hey, we found somebody worse than the average Republican lawmaker. I'm actually kind of impressed, Joe Lieberman. I hope you make the history books as THE shining example of the corrupt lobbyist-loving Congressman of the early 21st century.

    November 1, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Peter E

    If by 'America' he means his 'corporate insurance buddies who bought him with campaign dollars' then yes, they would be better off with nothing. If by 'America' he means 'anyone else' then no. They would be worse off with nothing.

    November 1, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. D. Tree

    Lieberman only cares about being in the spotlight – after contributing nothing, he sits back and sticks his nose up against everyone else's work.

    He is a do-nothing, and if he sides with the GOP to filibuster health care reform, he can count himself out of a job next season – voters in his own state overwhelmingly approve of the public option!

    November 1, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. FRANK, Las Vegas

    The Democrats need to tell Mr. LIEberman that if sides with the Republicans on the Health Care issue that he can kiss his Leadership rolls and Chairmanship roles Good-by, and mean it! Mr. LIEberman has clearly turned Republican and there's no need to keep counting him as Democrat and admit that the Dems don't have a 60 vote majority, because when it counts, they don't. The Dems need to show Mr. LIEberman the door.

    November 1, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Rosebud

    How does this guy sleep at night? And why is he still in office? What does this say about the CT electorate? What's going on in the Northeast? Wake up!

    November 1, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Voted4HealthCare

    Way to misrepresent your constituents when the majority in CT support a public option, as Lieberman campaigned last election.

    IF Lieberman or ANY politician puts corporate greed over the interests of Americans, they deserve to be stripped of their committees and voted out of office, replaced with a true representation.

    Choose wisely...

    November 1, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Donna from Colorado Springs

    He's a jerk and a traitor! Does anyone think that Lieberman would voluntarily give up his "government run healthcare plan"? He does have one as it is called medicare!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He has pulled the wool over the Presidents eyes and he should be stripped of any perks that he has right now. Throw the bum out!

    November 1, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Thanks to good ol' Joe, a trace of honesty and common sense still resides in the democratic party.

    November 1, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. landofthefree

    We can have health insurance reform without the government running health care. Having worked for both the government and private industry there is no doubt in my mind where the best service at the lowest cost will be delivered. Good to see there is political will out there to create a constructive debate on how to best deliver reform.

    November 1, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. annie s

    Connecticut needs to answer for this dinosaur. This unabashed war monger had – and has – no problem with the obscene war spending that pushed this country to the brink of financial disaster, but now that Democrats actually want to use my tax dollars for something that would benefit the American people, he's worried about deficits? I finally have one (and only one) reason to be okay with the fact that Al Gore had the election stolen from him – this scumbag would have been one seat away from running the country.

    November 1, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Chris from NC

    At the rate you and Chris Dodd are going, the folks from CT who put you in office will vote both you bums out.

    November 1, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. snowflake

    I hope the Congressional Democratic Caucus takes action and "kicks this guy out!" He is doing NOTHING to help whatsoever!! It is unfortunate, after his decision to support John McCain, that the Democrats EVER took him back into the fold!! He truly is not worthy of being ANY politicial official!!

    November 1, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Rosalinda

    Then I say let them fillibuster so the all can see who the really work -for the insurance industry.

    November 1, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Herbert Morphis

    The cost for the public option is far less then what is paid out now by folks with no Ins.check your bill the nest time you go and look at what they charged Be for Ins cost reduction.....seems the public option would do even better with tens of millions of folks forcing their hands.Once again the GOP shows that for the middle class we should work till we get sick then die fast for the ultra rich to make even more money on our blood and sweat...And yes I know the uberrich pay 40% of the taxes But lets look at what they pay Verse their income and compare it to a normal family of 4 making 70,000.

    November 1, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Brian Rich

    time for this egomaniac to lose his chairman's seat and leave the Senate.

    November 1, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Godfrey Effoe Jr

    It is difficult to make of what Senator Lieberman stands for. Politicains should learn to read history and do things when the right time comes. Playing political games on every issue just becomes boring.

    November 1, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Jay

    Lieberman is a disgrace

    November 1, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. paul

    He's a fence straddler, flip flops on any issue.

    November 1, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Stephen Secaur

    It is past time for the President to send a message to Harry Reid that Liebermann should be stripped of committee privileges. He got away with it after the election. He should not get away with this betrayal.

    November 1, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. E

    Really? tell that to my brother who just lost his job and his 3 kids, an ongoing medical problem and now has NO INSURANCE. He repeatedly gives up all hope of improving his career because he has no option but to accept any job that offers insurance rather than jobs that would actually help him move ahead.
    Right now I have bronchitis and no medical coverage, and no full time work any where in sight. If I get worse I will have to shell out $200 in order to get $5 worth of generic antibiotics.

    It is easy for rich people with pensions and top of the line insurance to theorize about options, they HAVE options. and the ignorant people following him, as usual vote against their own self interest because they are tricked by rhetoric from profit driven jerks like Lieberman

    November 1, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. diane

    ak, then all of you who are blocking the bill [ public option] that will help the middle class, but will make all of you rich repubs and joe lieberman richer, need to be replaced by men and women who care about the american middle class., which you dont.

    November 1, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. tcaudilllg

    So Lieberman gives the Dems cover to reconcile the bill? Interesting.

    November 1, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. James McDevitt

    About time an Independent had the power to put their foot down against the complicent left and right. Government administered health care is a bad idea. The reason we need health care reform is to set laws against the abuses which has been already identified not to execute an expensive consumer option because of our emotional weakness to poor health. Sometimes the plug should be pulled. Affordable health care is the goal. How can the government sustain this and what will the quality of care be if a Doctor can not pay his bills/debts? High Quality affordable EDUCATION!! is the real crisis this country is facing and it is getting worse.

    November 1, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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