Now that he's got a chance to deliver on those promises, Senator Joe Lieberman is saying WOAH! I wasn't...like...serious. Yep. He's now threatening to block the bill with the public option because it has a public option.
Talking Points Memo's got the quotes:
I think they're just putting an unnecessary burden on top of [the reform bill] by creating another Washington-based entitlement program...all the history we have of health entitlement programs, including the two big ones that I dearly support, Medicare and Medicaid, is that they end up costing more than we're prepared to pay, and they add to the debt, and then they add to the burden on taxpayers.
Wow, I don't even know how to parse that — it's wrong to create another expensive entitlement program like Medicare and Medicaid which are burdensome and unaffordable for taxpayers but I dearly support them? WTF?
Politico quotes him saying:
We’re trying to do too much at once. 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.
Spoken like a guy with publicly funded health insurance.