|What is worse is that Joe Lieberman's actions are extremely manipulative and disingenuous. As recently as September of this year, he said he'd support a provision allowing those 55-64 to buy into Medicare. (See the video in my article Monday.) He's held this position for at least 9 years. Now that it appears progressives would settle for that, Joe claims such a plan would be a bad thing. (He admitted that it bothered him that Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) liked it.)
Joe Lieberman, the up-to-his-armpits recipient of health insurance dollars, is so compromised that should have no voice in the negotiations at all and should be repudiated by everyone in the Senate. Instead, he still holds his chairmanship, still calls the shots, and still continues in his vendetta against anything progressive, or anything progressives agree to. Besides, he's never going to vote for the gutted bill anyway. Dems need to wake up to that fact. Any bill Lieberman would vote yes on is not worth having.
Joe Lieberman didn't even support our president for election, choosing instead to support John McCain. He would not accept the decision of CT Dems to support Ned Lamont, and ran as an independent against a Democrat. He's been on the wrong side of just about everything.
In any Democratic organization, someone working against the Dem candidate is no longer allowed to lead. Why is Joe Lieberman getting away with this? ANSWER: Cowardice by our Senate leadership.
Lieberman has been playing them for years. I also blame Al Gore (whom I otherwise greatly admire) for selecting Lieberman. For shame on anyone who ever thought Joe Lieberman deserved a national platform. It's gone to his head.
Today, Howard Dean called for the sacking of the gutted, watered-down Senate bill. Not only is there no real reform in the bill any more, increasingly, there is evidence that many booby traps are embedded within the bill. Today, former insurance executive, turned reformer, Wendell Potter, revealed that there are penalties built into the bill, for example, for those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Yet we've been told there is no penalty for pre-existing conditions. There are also age penalties, with older Americans paying up to three times what others pay. We were told there wouldn't be premium discrimination.
These are just a couple among many examples in which we've been deceived by the Senate cheerleaders. There are individual mandates (with a huge fine if you don't buy a policy), but little asked of insurance companies. There are annual limits to coverage, which we had been told would not be in the bill. The ability for women to receive biologics has been severely crippled by the deal the WH cut with PhRMA. The bill has descended into Mitt-Care, the failed Massachusetts health care plan, ushered in by right-winger Mitt Romney.
It's important to note that Dean isn't calling for an end to the effort. Instead, he calls for focusing on the House version and pushing it through reconciliation.