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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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Moderate Voter

    Joe Lieberman is holding our country hostage right now. Why would he single-handedly ruin these chances to make life better for hard-working Americans, especially the middle class? I just don't get it Joe. You could have helped our country achieve so much and now you are the guy with the knife in America's back.

    December 14, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Ron

    FIRE THIS SNAKE from his chair position NOW! He's pulling your punk card Sen. Reid. Time to grow a pair and launch this weasel to the republicans. Then, his home state can deal with him next election cycle. But, we need to wash our hands of him OR we will wash our hands of democrats next election. Indecision is the worst thing a leader can show!

    December 14, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Mike

    Medicare is bankrupt, everyone knows it, why are we asking more of it?

    December 14, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Silence Dogoode

    Thank God for Joe!

    December 14, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Ben in Texas

    I oppose "Elmer Fudd" Lieberman continuing to enjoy a platinum plated health care plan at my expense.

    December 14, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. ConsiderThis-FL

    Lieberman gets Medicare, but he doesn't want people 55 and over to have the OPTION to buy their health insurance through Medicare. It's okay for his out-of-control and spiraling healthcare cost to be paid by the taxpayers, but not okay for those same taxpayers to have the OPTION to buy insurance at a lower cost. This is the kind of hypocrisy that he and so many other members of congress brashly demonstrate and for the life of me, I can't understand why we keep voting these kind of people into office. I guess we are getting what we deserve.

    December 14, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Rickey Lawrence

    When this issue is over the democrats need to strip this guy of his chairmanships and everyhting else he associated with the party. This is the guy that Obama went out on a limb for and this is the thanks he get. What goes around comes around and I am sure he will get his in the end.

    December 14, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. Jace

    Isn't this what Lieberman was proposing when he ran with Gore???

    Now he's against it. One thing's for sure Joe is all about Joe.

    December 14, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. katiec

    Leiberman and his wife are so in bed with health care entities, he is not going to agree to any health care plan that does not greatly
    benefit them.
    How sad this man, who is supposed to represent the American people allows his greed, personal gains to overshadow everything
    else. And, unfortunately, he has a few years left before next election.
    He most certainly cannot expect to be re-elected.

    December 14, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. teresa

    Lieberman is a tool!! What a DB! of course he doesn't care about health care reform, He gets most of his money from the health ins companies and pharmacutical,companies- because of his actions I will be donating to his primary election opponent (and I live in Az were I know a thing or too about tools for senators),and I encourage anyone who agrees with me to do the same, get this self serving senator out of congress!!!!!!!

    December 14, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Dave

    Way to go Joe.

    December 14, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Tarheel

    The Liberals might as well kill the public option and the Medicare at 55 bill because the moderates won't vote for it and they know that the Liberals will vote for the Health Care Bill with or without it. The Liberals will even vote for the bill with the tough Stupak Abortion amendment in the bill if they have too. These handful of Democrats have the leverage.

    December 14, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Ellen

    Say it ain't so Joe. What happened to you? Are you bought and sold so easily? You were once held in such high regard; now, we just want you to go away. Go sit on the side of your new friends. I don't like you anymore. So, there!

    December 14, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Kevin

    To call Senator Lieberman an independent is a joke. Please disclose his ties to the industry he so fervently seeks to defend by his stonewalling of meaningful healthcare reform.

    It should say Joe Lieberbman – Connecticut, Aetna, Blue Cross, United Health Care.

    December 14, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. billy123

    Gee what a surprise! Please Senator Reed will you strip Senator Liberman off his Chairman ship away plus all his seniority too. I recall that is what the Dems did for Senator Spector.

    December 14, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. billy123

    Gee what a surprise! Please Senator Reed will you strip Senator Liberman of his Chairman ship plus all his seniority too. I recall that is what the Dems did for Senator Spector.

    December 14, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Kevin in Ohio

    It is simple really. How will extending Medicare to those people age 55 who arent currently insured save the Medicare system? Medicare needs fixing, not more cost.

    December 14, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. juge

    Get with the program, Joe. Israel has universal health care so why not the USA?! You are bereft of all morality.

    December 14, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Just Me

    Karma will visit Joe one day. He does not care about the America people. All he cares about is himself.

    December 14, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Ron in California

    Hold your ground Joe....I can't afford more taxes to pay for this "reform".

    December 14, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Dean

    When medicare stops paying bills for artificial limbs for people who have never received them and all other fraud, then we can talk about increasing the people it can cover.

    December 14, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Liz

    King Joseph I is at it again! Where does he get the idea that his opinion is the only one in the country that matters? If he scuttles health care reform, I hope the Democrats strip him of his committee chairs and forbid him from caucusing with them. He needs to just become a republicrap!

    December 14, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. Eric, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Thankfully SOMEONE has the guts to admit that the government "takeover" of the healthcare system is TOO expensive.

    It is hard to believe that the dems don't understand you can't keep spending and spending. It will bankrupt our country.

    December 14, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Here's another perfect example of the " I got mine, good luck getting yours" mentality that is so prevalent amongst our government representatives. Thanks Joey, for nothing.

    December 14, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. Purnell Meagre

    Knowing this guy was just a few stolen votes away from the vice-presidency is sobering.

    December 14, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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