Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hello, He Must Be Going

Three months ago, Sen. Joe Lieberman endorsed the idea of the Medicare buy-in as a part of the healthcare reform package.

My proposals were to basically expand the existing successful public health insurance programs Medicare and Medicaid…

“When it came to Medicare I was very focused on a group — post 50, maybe more like post 55. People who have retired early, or unfortunately have been laid off early, who lose their health insurance and they’re too young to qualify for Medicare.

“What I was proposing was that they have an option to buy into Medicare early and again on the premise that that would be less expensive than the enormous cost. If you’re 55 or 60 and you’re without health insurance and you go in to try to buy it, because you’re older … you’re rated as a risk so you pay a lot of money.

Now he’s saying that he will filibuster the bill because of the Medicare expansion proposal.

To quote Groucho Marx, “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”