Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Lieberman Now Disagrees With The Medicare Expansion He Endorsed In September

I know I'm on an anti-Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) roll these days. I'm simply outraged by the way he keeps upping the ante against health care reform. Now he's not only against the public option, but he's also against the proposed alternative: expanding Medicare for uninsured people between the ages of 55 to 64.

The Plum Line has exposed the fact that Lieberman now disagrees with the very position he supported in September, when he endorsed a Medicare expansion. Watch Lieberman just three months ago:

Lieberman: “My proposals were to basically expand the existing successful public health insurance programs Medicare and Medicaid…

“When it came to Medicare I was very focused on a group — post 50, maybe more like post 55. People who have retired early, or unfortunately have been laid off early, who lose their health insurance and they’re too young to qualify for Medicare.

“What I was proposing was that they have an option to buy into Medicare early and again on the premise that that would be less expensive than the enormous cost. If you’re 55 or 60 and you’re without health insurance and you go in to try to buy it, because you’re older … you’re rated as a risk so you pay a lot of money.”

John McCain tweeted, "Joe Lieberman–standing up for his principles on health care is being viciously attacked by the liberal left...what a disgrace!" Some principles.

The problems Lieberman is causing now on an issue affecting millions show how consequential elections are, exemplified by his defeat of Ned Lamont in the 2006 Connecticut senatorial race. Al Gore, whom I like, did us no favor by selecting Lieberman as his running mate and boosting his career. So far, Gore's vice presidential choice has resulted in more negative repercussions for the country than John McCain's.

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