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Public Option

 Lieberman Says Killing Public Option Worth Derailing Entire Healthcare Effort. The Hill (11/2, Soraghan) reports, “Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday it’s worth defeating a healthcare overhaul in order to prevent the creation of a government-run health insurance program.” On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Lieberman “said doing ‘nothing’ is better than a so-called public option.”

        Appearing on CBS’s Face The Nation (11/1, Schieffer), Sen. Joe Lieberman said, “I’m all for healthcare reform. … But we’ve got some more urgent problems than that. And the first most urgent is to fix our economy, to get it creating jobs again. And I think that a public option will actually hurt the economic recovery and our long-term fiscal situation because it will end up causing the government to raise taxes. It will probably raise premiums or it will put us further into debt. The public option came out of nowhere. If you look at last year’s presidential campaign, no mention of it. … The public option…was raised in the last year by people who really want to have a government-controlled health insurance system.”

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November 2, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | ,

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