So much for Harry Reid’s stunt. Politico reports:
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Tuesday that he’d back a GOP filibuster of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s health care reform bill. Lieberman, who caucuses with Democrats and is positioning himself as a fiscal hawk on the issue, said he opposes any health care bill that includes a government-run insurance program — even if it includes a provision allowing states to opt out of the program, as Reid’s has said the Senate bill will.
“We’re trying to do too much at once,” Lieberman said. “To put this government-created insurance company on top of everything else is just asking for trouble for the taxpayers, for the premium payers and for the national debt. I don’t think we need it now.” Lieberman added that he’d vote against a public option plan “even with an opt-out because it still creates a whole new government entitlement program for which taxpayers will be on the line.”
So much for the 60 votes needed to defeat a filibuster. In fact, other Democrats are already squawking. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, for one, isn’t pleased with a public option.
Reid has once again embarrassed himself and left supporters of ObamaCare wondering: Is there anyone capable of passing a bill? Well, not Reid, it appears.