Daily Archives: October 27, 2009

Quote of the Day

“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?

Why, a Lieberman, of course. Now it seems that Harry Reid has not been careful in counting Low Blow Joe in his final 60 votes.

Let’s start with this from HuffPo:

clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com

Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent Democrat from Connecticut, emerged Tuesday afternoon from a meeting with his caucus as the center of attention — again.

On his way in, he told reporters that if a public health insurance option was in the final health care bill, he would join a GOP filibuster to prevent it from getting an up or down vote. HuffPost asked him if there’d been much reaction from his colleagues in the Democratic caucus.

Lieberman

“Not really,” he said, “because I think my colleagues know for a long time that I’ve been opposed to a government-created, government-run insurance company.”

Lieberman stressed that he was not opposing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) effort to get a bill on to the floor — one that includes a public health insurance option. Rather, said Lieberman, he would oppose a final vote on the bill by supporting a GOP filibuster if the public option remained in the bill.
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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?
__________________FAVOR_____OPPOSE___NOT SURE
ALL ______________54__________39_________7
MEN ______________50__________44_________6
WOMEN___________58___________34________8
DEMOCRATS______84___________12________4
REPUBLICANS_____19___________71________10
INDEPENDENTS___55___________39_________6

When did things turn to a positive for Health Care Reform?

Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire traces it to Obama’s Joint Session speech over a month ago.
clipped from politicalwire.com

The Turning Point?

After the Democratic effort to reform health care took a pounding in August, President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress in early September may have been even more important than we thought at the time to getting things back on track.

Two important things happened during that speech:

First, the president surprised many when he made an impassioned case for the public option. Most analysts thought he would push for compromise by dropping it altogether. Instead, the public option is still very much alive today in both the House and Senate versions of the bill.

Second, Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-SC) outburst during the speech unintentionally laid the groundwork for Democrats to go it alone by portraying his party as totally uninterested in bipartisanship. Wilson became the poster-child for obstructionism.

It’s still too early for Democrats to declare victory, but health care reform has never looked in better shape than it does right now.
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Getting to the Blog was hard this morning…

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.