That sure was a friendly move of Joe Lieberman yesterday, on dance-y silver monster David Gregory’s Meet The Press, to go back on his pledge to support the Medicare buy-in proposal without telling the Senate leadership first, so as to destroy happiness once and for all. It’s especially jarring since a mere THREE MONTHS AGO he supported — and this is in a Connecticut newspaper, in print! — a goddamn freaking Medicare buy-in as an alternative to a public option. YOU KNOW THE EXACT THING. Of course why wouldn’t he bother moving the goalpost further and further into universal self-immolation & total implosion when nobody punishes him for anything? He just loves death, so much.
Here is an actual newspaper excerpt from September 8, 2009, based on an interview with Lieberman. (Ace catch, TPM!):
As to how 47 million uninsured will afford coverage, Lieberman said only 12 million don’t have insurance because they cannot afford it.
By allowing citizens who are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid to buy in for a rate below the private market, the government can extend coverage to more of those who are currently uninsured, he said.Related video
To arrive at his position, Lieberman said he reached out to “every conceivable group” in the state, including residents, providers, doctors and hospitals.
Boom. Just… boom. This is a “Joe Lieberman Boom Sandwich of Lies.” It tastes like blood and lava.
So, how will a FURIOUS Harry Reid and the White House respond to this fellow? Will they maybe try to exert some leverage, by threatening to take away his chairmanships or kidnap his pet gargoyle, Booger-eyes?
The White House is encouraging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and eliminate the proposed Medicare expansion in the health reform bill, according to an official close to the negotiations.
But Reid is described as so frustrated with Lieberman that he is not ready to sacrifice a key element of the health care bill, and first wants to see the Congressional Budget Office cost analysis of the Medicare buy-in. The analysis is expected early this week.
“There is a weariness and a lot of frustration that one person is holding up the will of 59 others,” the official said. “There is still too much anger and confusion at one particular senator’s reversal.”
Well it is still DESPITE WHAT EVERYONE SAYS a good bill so maybe it’s not a terrible idea to weed out this one small recent inclusion. But also, no, because Joe will just find something else to pretend to not like and declare that his new litmus test. Then, a few hours later, Ben “Wario” Nelson will release a statement saying, “Uhhh yeah, what Joe said, and also, abortion, no abortions for ladies,” while Mary Landrieu quietly steals another few hundred million in pork and liberals are told to eat sacks of french-fried cajun-seasoned dicks yet again, because they hate Christmas and have a war against it.Related