December 14th, 2009
08:01 AM ET
9 years 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. sharon, newport news, virginia

    Last summer the Democrats missed the obvious clue when this :"I've become rich thanks tothe insurance companies as has my wife" started campaigning for McCain. He had some really ugly comments about Obama but yet they kept him in position in Congress. That is exactly what he wanted because he knew the health care would come up and he could derail it as number 60. It does not matter what the people of his state want or the American public wants, he is going to protect the insurance companies and try to do everything he can to stop it. He is a snake in the grass and will do everything he can to stop this bill from going through. If he succeed, he needs to be removed from Homeland Security and the next few ship contracts need to go somewhere other than Groton.Besides he has the most irritating voice that is like nails on a chalk board.

    December 14, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Avi Shlomo

    Why would this hypocrite allow us to have what he has?....Full medical coverage is good as long as it is for him but not for the nation!!

    December 14, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Jeff from Chicago

    I wish I could vote for Joe.

    Someone who doesn't blindly follow just to get re-elected but looks at what's good for the country.

    Go Joe!!!!

    December 14, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. bryan

    Time for Joe to go in the next election!

    December 14, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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