Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ha Ha Ha Joe Lieberman Says He'll Filibuster Harry Reid's Health Care Bill

This is sweet.

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 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."

This essentially kills the public option, which will infuriate the left, but which is a deal killer for anyone who was interested in reform of some sort. From Hot Air:
(W)hile the left will beat him up for not being able to buy 60 votes via horse-trading, isn’t Reid actually helped a bit by Lieberman taking the lead among the opposition? So deeply do progressives despise Joementum that the storyline here will be his betrayal and obstructionism, not Reid’s idiocy, which is a huge help to Dingy Harry. As scapegoats go, you can’t do better than a guy who lost a primary to a nutroots-supported liberal three years ago and then endorsed John McCain.

Joe Lieberman is no conservative, but he clearly understands the risks in a new government program with questionable funding at a time of economic uncertainty. But this does make one wonder what health care reform will look like without a public option.

UPDATE: Keith Olbermann is so pissed off, he wonders if Lieberman is on the take.