Fall Guy


Joe Lieberman is being set up by Harry Reid, and a cooperative media, to look like he’s sabotaging health care in a shocking flip flop. Not true.

Risking the wrath of Democrats, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., threatened Sunday to join Republicans in opposing health care legislation if it permits uninsured individuals as young to 55 to purchase Medicare coverage.

Joe’s always been against the Public Option, and expanded Medicare is a move toward single payer – many steps further toward the socialist dream than the incremental Public Option.

Lieberman, whose vote is critical to the bill’s prospects, expressed his opposition twice during the day: first in an interview with CBS, and more strongly later, according to Democratic officials, in a private meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Reid, who is hoping to pass the legislation by Christmas, needs 60 votes to overcome Republican objections, and has been counting on Lieberman to provide one.

But if you visit my post from last Wednesday – the morning after Harry Reid announced the alleged new compromise deal (which Senators like Lieberman haven’t even seen in writing yet!), you’ll see that Lieberman made clear in a written press release that he was unlikely to support the measure because it called for a trigger in addition to the Medicare expansion.

“My opposition to a government-run insurance option, including any option with a trigger, has been clear for months and remains my position today.”

Is that too difficult for Harry Reid to understand, or was he just pretending last week that he had the thing nailed down to maintain the picture of inevitability that Dems have been painting for some time.

“Regarding the ‘Medicare buy-in’ proposal that is being discussed, we must remain vigilant about protecting and extending the solvency of the program, which is now in a perilous financial condition.”

So listen to the lies coming from Democrats, who are pretending they’ve been sandbagged by Lieberman!

…(Reid) aides added that Lieberman had responded differently last week when Reid asked him privately about the proposed Medicare provision. “He voiced support for the idea,” said one official. Lieberman’s public comments last week were also generally favorable. The aides spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they was not authorized to comment publicly.

While Lieberman is being showcased as a black sheep who’s sabotaging the socialist agenda in a double cross, he’s not the only one who has some memory of the constitution.

While Lieberman drew most of the attention for his comments, Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Ben Nelson of Nebraska also expressed concern about the legislation.

“I’m concerned that it’s the forerunner of single-payer—the ultimate single-payer plan, maybe even more directly than the public option,” Nelson said of the Medicare proposal. By single-payer, he meant national health insurance run by Washington. Unlike Lieberman, Nelson participated in negotiations last week between liberals and moderates that produced the general framework that included the Medicare provision.

If anyone is a backstabber, it would seem to be Nelson, who was part of formulating the compromise but also spoke out against it in the video above from Face the Nation.

One Response to “Fall Guy”

  1. It is no accident that one Senator can be an obstructionist. He, and the filibuster for that matter, remind us that the governmental sovereignty allowed the state governments is what is really represented in the US Senate (unlike in the US House of Reps). As frustrating as it is, there is a trade off in wiping this out in favor of remaking the US Senate on the basis of the principles of the US House…trade offs given the scale of the US. and what the US is. For this argument, pls see http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/will-there-be-a-health-reform-bill-out-of-the-us-senate/

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