Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Howard Dean: Health Care Reform Is Dead in the Senate. Lieberman Gloats.

So much for the public option and the Medicare buy-in. Joe Lieberman does not approve. Now that we know that Joe Lieberman is in charge of the senate's Lieberman Health Care Reform bill, Dr. Howard Dean says the smart thing to do is kill the damn bill:

“This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate. Honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill.”

And Joe Lieberman is apparently loving it:

Mr. Lieberman could not be happier. He is right where he wants to be - at the center of the political aisle, the center of the Democrats' efforts to win 60 votes for their sweeping health care legislation. For the moment, he is at the center of everything - and he loves it. "My wife said to me, ‘Why do you always end up being the point person here?' " he said, flashing a broad grin in an interview on Monday.

"No individual should hold health care hostage, including Joe Lieberman, and I'll say it flat out, I think he ought to be recalled."

"If Rahm Emanuel is all he was supposed to be, we can safely assume that the Obama White House either never gave a shit about health care reform, or they managed health care reform so horrifically and incompetently that they are now willing to settle for a “win”, no matter how meager."