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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lieberman and Snowe Will Vote To Block 'Opt-Out' Portion Of Obamacare

The Politico reports that Joe Lieberman is one of the crucial Senators needed for Harry Reid to get the votes needed to pass his version of Obamacare, with the "opt-out" clause, which would allow individual states to opt out of the public option (Government run insurance) and Lieberman, an Independent that caucuses with Democrats, would vote with Republicans to block the bill if the public option plan is included.

Libermans statements include but are not limited to:

"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."


I've told Sen. Reid that if the bill stays as it is now I will vote against cloture,” he said.

“I can’t see a way in which I could vote for cloture on any bill that contained a creation of a government-operated-run insurance company,” Lieberman added. “It’s just asking for trouble – in the end, the taxpayers are going to pay and probably all people who have health insurance are going to see their premiums go up because there’s going to be cost shifting as there has been for Medicare and Medicaid.”


“I feel this way about a national, government-created health insurance company – whether it’s a trigger or not,” he said. “My answer is – we’re – we have the opportunity to do some great reforms here. These exchanges that we’re talking about, I think, are going to drive competition and probably bring the cost of health insurance down or at least contain the cost increases for a lot of people. Let’s give that two or three years to see how it works to see how it works before we talk about creating another entitlement that will end up increasing the national debt and putting more of a burden on taxpayers.”

The AP reports that Maine Senator Olympia Snowe will also vote against any bill that includes the "opt-out" public option.