Lieberman: Public option has to come off the table

The senator from Connecticut tells Fox News what has to happen for him to vote for a reform bill


Alex Koppelman
October 28, 2009 10:40PM (UTC)

There are a lot of questions out there about just how seriously people should be taking the promise of a pro-filibuster vote that Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., made on Tuesday. But for now at least, the self-styled "independent Democrat" is sticking to his guns and saying that he won't vote for cloture on any bill that includes a public option.

During an interview on Fox News Wednesday, Lieberman was asked, "What gets your vote, then? What can Sen. Reid offer to you?"

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Lieberman responded, "Well, just so much of the rest of the bill. Just take this government-created, government-run health insurance company that will cost the taxpayers, premium payers and the debt a lot of money -- take it off the table." He added, "We can come back in three or four years if the reforms -- the other reforms we adopt are not working. But I think they will. And so, that's -- that's my position, and I'm sticking to it, because I think it's best for our country and my constituents."


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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