Joe Lieberman to Filibuster with Republicans against HRC

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Sen. Joseph Lieberman has stated that he will filibuster with the Republicans against HR 3200 because of the Public Option. Harry Reid should strip him immediately of his chairmanship of Homeland Security.  

Lieberman: Sure, I’d Filibuster A Health Care Reform Bill With A Public Option

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) told reporters today that he would in fact filibuster any health care bill he doesn’t agree with–and right now, he doesn’t agree with the public option proposal making its way through the Senate.

“I told Senator Reid that I’m strongly inclined–i haven’t totally decided, but I’m strongly inclined–to vote to proceed to the health care debate, even though I don’t support the bill that he’s bringing together because it’s important that we start the debate on health care reform because I want to vote for health care reform this year. But I also told him that if the bill remains what it is now, I will not be able to support a cloture motion before final passage. Therefore I will try to stop the passage of the bill.”

Lieberman says he’ll filibuster Reid healthcare plan

POLITICO (Washington) — Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Tuesday that he’d back a GOP filibuster of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s health care reform bill.

Lieberman, who caucuses with Democrats and is positioning himself as a fiscal hawk on the issue, said he opposes any health care bill that includes a government-run insurance program – even if it includes a provision allowing states to opt out of the program, as Reid’s has said the Senate bill will.

“We’re trying to do too much at once,” Lieberman said. “To put this government-created insurance company on top of everything else is just asking for trouble for the taxpayers, for the premium payers and for the national debt. I don’t think we need it now.”

Is anyone “shocked” about this news? I’m not.  


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    • Joy B. on October 27, 2009 at 19:57

    …non-health care non-debate, I’m all for ’em filibustering from now till kingdom come. And I don’t even care who’s doing it. So long as it lasts they can’t do any further harm, and a total freeze of the government is just what we need until it’s time to sweep the halls clean and install a new class of reps who might pay more attention to their constituents.

    Filibuster Ho! A “Public Option” that might save your family $2200 on your $30,000 insurance bill in 2020 is nothing at all. And provides health care to precisely zero human beings. Whole thing’s a giant con job and I want no part of it.

    • TMC on October 27, 2009 at 21:24

    Look what happens when I leave to get a cup of coffee. Thank you

  1. and, as a Jew, I know, I know

  2. A fight for a fucking joke of a “public option” as a viable health care policy for the poor?

    Let it fucking fail, it’s shit, utter fucking shit.

    Oh, unless we’re all getting together to take advantage of that “co-op” thing!

    And no, it’s not like forming a fucking facebook group and you’re more or less going to have to go through a private health care provider anyway to buy a plan for people.

    So instead of individually buying, we’d get together, think we’re all special “progressives” and get the shit at an obscene “group rate”.

    Oh yeah, stop them from making this plan fail!

    :::goes back to Tactical Edged Weapons Training:::  

    • sharon on October 27, 2009 at 23:13

    (ek?) who might be interested in organizing pickets of lieberman’s local offices.  but i can see that would fall on deaf ears.  i differ and can’t stay to duke it out, but i think to hold out at this point for single payer will hurt those who would be able to take advantage of a public option and have access to health care that they now do not have.  i know people in this position and one of them is in chronic pain and needs disc replacement surgery.  i don’t know that this will happen fast enough to help him, but he surely is not the only person out there who has no place to turn to end the nightmare he is living.  chronic and unbearable pain and only 38 years old.  for him and in his name alone i’ll fight for a public option.  

    if you can seriously say it is better to leave all the people currently without access to health care in that position rather than make it possible to either buy into the po or qualify for government subsidy, i am speechless.  i see folks like wyden and merkley stepping up to expand the program and others pushing for a 2010 start up.  to me this is not time for cynicism.  this legislation may represent compromise from what we really need, but it puts us in the position to begin to enact serious progressive change.  it empowers us in ways we haven’t been in a very long time.

    i am in the middle of an overwhelmingly difficult design project due tomorrow afternoon and need to focus on it so will not be coming back to argue.  don’t mean to hit and run, but needed to get this out there.  

  3. “We need a foot in the door with the public option.”  Excuse me, slinkerwink, but you HAVE a foot in the door ALREADY — it’s called “Medicare.”

  4. As Glenn Greenwald wrote in The mainstream, sane, serious Joe Lieberman:

    Joe Lieberman is, of course, one of the very serious — deeply, deeply serious — sane and mainstream political figures. Agree or disagree, he is a real serious and thoughtful and mainstream political thinker.

    Grenwald wrote this on the occasion of Joe’s appearance as a guest speaker at Reverand John Hagee’s organization, “Christians United for Israel”.  And we all know how reasonable these folks are.

    Do you know of the organization “Cattlemen of the Apocalypse”?  That’s a group of Christian cattle ranchers in Texas who, based on rational analysis, are breeding their cattle to produce a Red Heifer because that is to be a sign to tear down and rebuild the Temple on the Mount to prepare for the appearance of Jesus.  The Red Heifer is the precursor for this “historical” event.

    To be fair, I don’t know if Joe L. suscribes to this theory, but he has done sufficient other stuff to show that…

    The very rational Lieberman is wingnutbatty!

  5. you might go over to clammyc’s most recent diary, and respond to this part of it:

    Make him so toxic that anyone who stands by him or allows him to continue his shameless behavior will be tainted by him.

    There is one sure-fire way of doing that: make Lieberman carry out his filibuster threat.  Then everyone will know.

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