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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:35 AM
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Lieberman: ‘There’s No Reason’ To Deal With The Uninsured Until After The Recession

Lieberman: ‘There’s No Reason’ To Deal With The Uninsured Until After The Recession

Last week, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), the most conservative member of the so-called bipartisan “Gang of Six” working on the Senate Finance Committee’s health care bill, stated that he preferred that Congress deal with reform incrementally. “I think the only way it will happen is we need to break it down into smaller parts than we have now and put it through one at a time,” he said.

Today on CNN, Sen. Joe Lieberman (CT), an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats, embraced Enzi’s idea. “Great changes in our country often have come in steps. The Civil Rights movement occurred, changes occurred in steps,” he argued. Lieberman added that Congress should address the nearly 50 million uninsured at some point down the road:

LIEBERMAN: Morally, everyone of us would like to cover every American with health insurance but that’s where you spend most of the trillion dollars plus, or a little less that is estimated, the estimate said this health care plan will cost. And I’m afraid we’ve got to think about putting a lot of that off until the economy is out of recession. There’s no reason we have to do it all now.

Later, host John King asked LIeberman if he would vote with the Democrats if the reconciliation process is used to pass health care. “I think it’s a real mistake to try to jam through the total health insurance reform,” Lieberman said, adding, “It’s just not good for the system. Frankly, it won’t be good for the Obama presidency.” Watch it:

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Callous, self-important asshole!


McCain: Obama must drop health care public option

McCain says many Americans are losing confidence in Obama partly because of concerns about the so-called public option. The Arizona Republican proposed that Obama meet with members of both parties in Congress to find areas of agreement, abandon the public option, and then make clear exactly what he wants in the legislation.

Wrong, loser.
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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:37 AM
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1. Just a matter of life and death. No biggie, Joe. nt
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Tansy_Gold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:40 AM
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3. Yeah, all those uninsured people can just wait until after the recession
to get sick, have babies, fall off ladders and break their arms, get hit by drunk drivers, you know, all those thing at require medical attention.


STFU, Joe, and do it NOW.


what a wanker






Tansy Gold
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:38 AM
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2. Does that mean he's willing to give up his insurance until the recession is over?? nt
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:40 AM
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4. he's such a compassionate conservative...
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Ishoutandscream2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:42 AM
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5. I've said this before, and I'll say it again
How I loathe the man!
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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:43 AM
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6. Who will rid us of this evil concept of "let them eat cake"?
I know the french had a solution. What will ours be?
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:11 PM
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9. Not enough liberals with nothing to lose. When THAT happens
you'll see a revolution. It's not complicity guiding us, but FEAR.
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:45 AM
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7. His wife, Hadassah Lieberman, is up to her ass in hc special interest money :
Director of Policy, Planning, and Communications at Pfizer (1982-85), and as a Senior Program Officer at the National Research Council (1990-93).

Hadassah has also worked for the lobbying company, APCO Associates, that had many pharmaceutical and healthcare corporations among its clients, as well as four major drug companies such as Pfizer. In March 2005, Hadassah was hired by Hill & Knowlton as "senior counselor" in the firm's "health care and pharmaceuticals practice." Hadassah's close relationship with pharmaceutical and healthcare corporations while her husband introduced legislation benefiting these exact companies has raised questions about improprieties and conflict of interest.<1>

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadassah_Lieberman
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:37 PM
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12. But, they're so
religious. :crazy:
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:56 AM
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8. Thanks Connecticut for this hate filled loser !
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 03:16 PM
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20. Only SOME of us in CT voted for that loser. I voted for Lamont.
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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:27 PM
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10. That's very compassionate coming from an insured person.
Asshole.
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:35 PM
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11. I guess that there was no need to deal with the death camps
until after Japan surrendered, either ...
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:42 PM
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13. The Recession Is Over
http://www.newsweek.com/id/208633

Let's ignore Lieberman and go forward.
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justinaforjustice Donating Member (519 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:27 PM
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14. Yeah, Recession Will Kill Off the Un-Insured, so No Problem.
Lieberman knows that the lack of access to health care is killing between 18,000 and 100,000 people a year. So, if the recession lasts for years, millions of uninsured Americans won't have to worry about health care, they will be dead. Simple, more effective than death panels.
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area51 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:35 PM
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15. Pardon my language, but --
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masuki bance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:41 PM
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16. He's wrong, but everyone get off their high horse
any health (insurance) reform would not begin until 2013 anyway. Why is that acceptable?
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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:48 PM
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17. It isn't. nt
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:48 PM
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18. Darn it, though -- Joe's right AGAIN. I can't think of one reason
whatsoever.
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 03:07 PM
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19. Which ones are we going to leave out Joe - I say lets leave Connecticut out
and cover everyone else - you OK with that big guy?
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 03:17 PM
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21. Leave out only those that voted for him
I sure didn't. My parents did though. Sigh. 2012, come quicker.
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 03:40 PM
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22. mvd: there's no reason to vote for Lieberman over his next Democratic challenger
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 03:59 PM by mvd
So there.
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Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 04:50 PM
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24. Yeah, but that didn't stop him last time.
What CT needs to do is to change the law so that someone who loses a primary is OUT of that race in the general, and they can't invent a fictional political party to get back in.

Most other states have this law. If CT did, Ned Lamont would be Senator today.
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:44 PM
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26. If Joe Lieberman didn't have the "backdoor" support....
...of the Old Boys Club in the Senate, he wouldn't be swinging his conservative dick on the talking head shows today.

What do you expect from a former chairman of the DLC?
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Proud Liberal Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 03:48 PM
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23. That has to be one of the most.idiotic.statements.ever
We all NEED this even more BECAUSE we're in recession and HCR is one thing that could very well help us get OUT of this recession (or at least ensure that we are able to survive it). Why does this guy still have his own committee again?!!!
:wtf:
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tinrobot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:29 PM
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25. How about we stop the war until the recession is over?
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:52 PM
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27. Lieberman's DU pal just loves Democrats who suck up to repubs
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high density Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:04 PM
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28. How do these idiots get so out of touch?
They have no clue what is going on, yet they have been tasked with creating the laws for the rest of us.
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:39 PM
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29. i am so glad i moved to connecticut!
when's that fucker up for re-electionretirement?

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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:44 PM
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30. Fine. A majority of economists say the recession is now over.
So let's get to work.
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:43 PM
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31. Fuck that asshole of a Lawn Gnome.
He needs to get honest work as a Lawn Gnome, not as a corporate whore.

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