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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-25-09 01:14 PM
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7. That's what happened with Lieberman and the Medicare buy-in. He was all in favor of it, but then
Edited on Fri Dec-25-09 01:14 PM by tblue37
he saw that progressives like Weiner were "too pleased," so he withdrew support for cloture until it was removed from the bill.
http://alleyesonabama.blogspot.com/2009/12/lieberman-im...

But in the interview, Mr. Lieberman said that he grew apprehensive when a formal proposal began to take shape. He said he worried that the program would lead to financial trouble and contribute to the instability of the existing Medicare program.

And he said he was particularly troubled by the overly enthusiastic reaction to the proposal by some liberals, including Representative Anthony Weiner, Democrat of New York, who champions a fully government-run health care system.

"Congressman Weiner made a comment that Medicare-buy in is better than a public option, it's the beginning of a road to single-payer," Mr. Lieberman said. "Jacob Hacker, who's a Yale professor who is actually the man who created the public option, said, 'This is a dream. This is better than a public option. This is a giant step.'"
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