Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman said Tuesday he would join a Republican filibuster to block the final vote on any health care bill that has a government-run public health insurance option.Good for Joe Lieberman, who has shown the kind courage necessary to challenge liberal terrorism in the Democratic party that Americans need. Healthcare reform is the most overrated and unnecessary issue to down the pike since...well everything Obama and his Leftwing militants have been attempting to bully on Americans. Now that other moderate Dems will have no choice but to join Lieberman it'll be interesting to see how Harry Reid deals with this latest bit of health reform drama.
Lieberman's vote is crucial to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's hopes of passing a health care bill that includes the controversial public option. Reid announced Monday he would send to the full Senate a health care bill that has a public option but also allows states to opt out of that provision.
Lieberman said he would support a vote to launch debate on the health care bill but would oppose a motion to end debate if the public option remains in the legislation. Democrats would need 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to close debate on the bill, and the Democratic caucus has 60 members, including Lieberman.
"I can't see a way in which I can vote for cloture on any bill that contained a creation of a government-operated and run insurance company," the Connecticut senator said. "It's just asking for trouble."