Daily Archives: October 27, 2009
“Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Cigna) announced today he would filibuster the health care bill because it contains a public option compromise.
Why does he want to do this? I don’t know (*cough* — Aetna — *cough* *cough*) exactly. But we do know his stated reasons are lies.”
– Bill Scher in a HuffPo piece.
So Joe is THAT obvious? I guess he is.
What acts like a Republican but Caucuses with the Democrats and is ready to screw the Majority of Americans?
Let’s start with this from HuffPo:
Now, not only do 70% of Americans want the Public Option, but the majority of Lieberman’s Connecticut citizens want it. Ned Lamont, who beat Lieberman in the 2006 Democratic primary only to lose to the senator in the general election (after Lieberman defected from the party), accused his one-time opponent of posturing for attention in making his filibuster threat:
“I think he wanted to rush to war now he wants to dither on health care.You don’t have to posture. You just have to sit down and talk to your fellow Democrats and move this thing along.”
You can go HERE to listen to Lieberman say that he’s going to do whatever he thinks is right no matter what the Caucus decides… in other words he’s being supported by the Connecticut insurance companies and he might as well BE a Republican.
This isn’t the first time that Lieberman has screwed his Caucus… HuffPo lists 15 incidents where Joe has doublecrossed his buddies, going back to helping to kill Clinton’s Health Care reform, supporting McCain for President, and waffling on Social Security when McCain wanted to privatize it. Maybe Reid will look at the situation now and take away Lieberman’s Committee chairmanship and hustle Olympia Snowe to change parties.
As it stands, Reid has to be looking at the poll of Nevadans that that favor the Public Option (from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee):
QUESTION: Would you favor or oppose the government offering everyone a government administered health insurance plan — something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get — that would compete with private health insurance plans?
I’ve spent the last couple of hours helping a neighbor who locked herself out of her Townhouse (actually, her dogs locked her out and I’ve been through that myself) and I needed to drive her to her daughter’s school to get a copy of the key.
But now I’m back and about to scan the various news bits this morning, like seeing how the Republicans are planning to block Harry Reid’s Health Care plans, or seeing what Obama is going to do about Afghanistan, or any number of other things.
So I’m off to look at HuffPo and the NY Times, and to see what’s on MSNBC. I’ll be back soon.