Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is demanding the public option be taken off the table completely:
"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," Lieberman said, emphasizing that he believes that the rest of the bill includes a number of positive reforms.Lieberman has decided to stick to his completely unfounded lies about the public option, refusing to acknowledge that the CBO said the public option will reduce the cost of reform for both premium payers and the government. Joe the Dumber also added another crazy talking point to his rant:
"We can come back in three or four years if the reforms -- the other reforms we adopt are not working," Lieberman explained. "But I think they will."It is unclear if Lieberman even realizes that reform will not start until three or four years from now. It will be impossible to even tell if the other reforms are "working" because they would have just started. Of course Lieberman could be implying that he might be willing to maybe look at adding a public option three to four years after reform starts, around 2017. One hopes that will be long after Lieberman is no longer in the Senate.