Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman told the New Haven Independent that he is a “no” on health care reform initiatives that include a government-sponsored option as part of the package:
“If we create a public option, the public is going to end up paying for it,” Lieberman said following an hour-long confab with public-health experts at the Ashmun Street community center of the Monterey Homes public housing complex. “That’s a cost we can’t take on.”
The article goes on to reveal that Sen. Lieberman has been working with a bipartisan group of Senators over the past several weeks to hammer out a deal on health care reform. Lieberman says that there is no common ground to be found regarding the “public option”.
“We’re not going to get the votes to pass the overall bill if [the public option] becomes a condition of it,” Lieberman claimed.
Though it has been Sen. Chris Dodd who has received all the attention in the health care debate, Lieberman’s efforts to broker a deal may well be more important to than those of Mr. Dodd.