Thursday, October 29, 2009

Correcting Joe Lieberman

Several members of the Senate spent some time trying to win over Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) to the healthcare bill by correcting his perceptions of what’s in it.

Lieberman has suggested both that the public option would be a drain on taxpayers, and that it would drive up private insurance premiums, in contrast to the findings of most experts.

“I think there’s a bit of a function of trying to make sure that everybody’s clear exactly what it is that we’re proposing,” Whitehouse said. “I think once the actual text of the bill is out and it’s clear that the HELP language is what was adopted. I think we’ll be successfully able to make the case to Senator Lieberman that there is not a subsidy here and it is not an entitlement.”

I wish them a lot of luck. I think Mr. Lieberman is just coming up with excuses not to vote for the bill. I wonder why. It couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that he’s craving the attention or that he might be somewhat beholden to the largest industry in his state which just happens to be the insurance business? Would he really put those ahead of one of the more transcendent issues to come before the Senate in a generation? Why else would he come up with two different arguments against the bill in twelve hours unless he was really just trying to be a pain in the ass?