Lieberman, Moderate Dems Oppose Public Option
Well, at least the opt out version.
“We’re trying to do too much at once,” Lieberman said. “To put this government-created insurance company on top of everything else is just asking for trouble for the taxpayers, for the premium payers and for the national debt. I don’t think we need it now.”
And guess what? They don’t have the votes in the House either…
The House Dem leadership has conducted its preliminary whip count and has tallied up less than 200 likely Yes votes in support of a health care reform bill with a robust public option, well short of the 218 needed for passage, according to an internal whip count document I’ve obtained.
The document — compiled by the office of House leader James Clyburn — was distributed privately at a meeting between Clyburn and House progressives today where the fate of the public option was the subject of some contentious debate, with liberals demanding that House leaders push harder to win over votes.
Clyburn spokesperson Kristie Greco would only say: “We currently do not have the votes for a robust public option.”
So Harry Reid, who ignored all of the warnings, is now set to put forth a bill that will most likely get filibustered?
I don’t think so.
My guess was that this was one last public push to show liberal interests group that there isn’t enough support.
Back to the co-ops…