Rahm Emanuel visited Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in his Capitol office on Sunday evening and personally urged him to cut a deal with recalcitrant Sen. Joe Lieberman, two Democratic sources familiar with the situation said. [...]
RECALCITRANT SEN JOE LIEBERMAN? I mean, darn! You turkeys booted him out from the Democrat Party. I mean, darn! I wonder if Ryan Grim knows that the Democrats KICKED HIM OUT duing the last election. I mean, darn. The man is an elected INDEPENDENT. Ryan Grim. Idiot. Here's a message for Reid and that other idiot Landrieu.
What's the message there, Rahmmy? Grim?
Risking the wrath of Democrats, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., threatened Sunday to join Republicans in opposing health care legislation if it permits uninsured individuals as young to 55 to purchase Medicare coverage.
Lieberman, whose vote is critical to the bill's prospects, expressed his opposition twice during the day: first in an interview with CBS, and more strongly later, according to Democratic officials, in a private meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Reid, who is hoping to pass the legislation by Christmas, needs 60 votes to overcome Republican objections, and has been counting on Lieberman to provide one.
But appearing on CBS, Lieberman said of the Medicare proposal, "Though I don't know exactly what's in it, from what I hear, I certainly would have a hard time voting for it because it has some of the same infirmities that the public option did.
"It will add taxpayer costs. It will add to the deficit. It's unnecessary," he added of a provision that Reid last week hailed as part of a breakthrough between liberals and moderates.
Democratic aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Lieberman later told Reid he would support a Republican-led filibuster against the bill if it contained the Medicare provision or permitted the government to sell insurance in competition with private companies. [...]
Now, will Lieberman actually do this? Who knows.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) just walked walked into the Democrats all-important caucus meeting tonight sounding defeatest about the chance that a Medicare buy-in or public option trigger will survive Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-CT) decision to block the compromises this weekend.
Asked by a reporter if the Medicare buy-in will be pulled out, Harkin said "looks that way," before praising a Democratic health care bill without the two public option compromises.
"There's enough good in this bill that even without those two, we gotta move," he said. "All the insurance reforms, all the stuff we wrote so hard for prevention and wellness in there, the workforce development issues that we have in there, the reimbursement based on quality not on quantity -- there's good stuff in this bill. It's a giant step forward, changing the paradigm of health care in America."
With that, Harkin turned and walked into the caucus meeting. Shortly after him came Lieberman, dashing into the room and taking no questions from the reporters swarmed around him. [...]
I wonder if some idiots noticed the I-CT after Lieberman's name. Anyway, now that the putrid garbage is out of the Bill, perhaps it will come in some other form another a different Bill that Lieberman could vote for becuase he is going to votye for the Bill now. Sometimes I really don;t know which side Lieberman is on. I suppose if the Bill is all that off the wall against the Constitution he is all for it?
Awwww geewiz! He changed his mind. Oh darn.
Awwww geewiz! He changed his mind!
GET. OVER. IT.
Awwww geewiz! A made up number for the mutants on the Left.
As Senate Democrats attempt to finalize a deal on health care reform, they'll be holding an unusual caucus meeting at the White House tomorrow, an aide says. — The current haze around negotiations will test a key presidential role in these sort of talks: As the closer. [...]
Watch the libtard tails swell and swell, ladies and gentleman!
Wouldn't it just be too convenient if all of this was meant to get everyone IN FAVOR of an unconstitutional federal health care BIll?
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