The Connecticut Post today has an editorial out today demanding that Joe Lieberman explain his flip-flop on the Medicare buy-in plan for health care reform, calling his “audacity impressive.”
As we have said in the past, Lieberman is of course free to vote his conscience. If he thinks it’s a bad bill, by all means, vote against it.
But that’s not what he’s saying. He won’t even vote to allow a vote — all because the bill contains a provision he supported as recently as September and as long ago as the 2000 election.
He’s hardly bothered to explain his change in position, and instead seems to delight at once again claiming the spotlight as the indispensable man in the Senate deliberations.
He should drop this charade and come up with a coherent explanation for his recent behavior. He should not join a filibuster against the bill.
Otherwise, he risks sending a message that he’s playing games with people’s health care. And that is a dangerous game to play.
That’s exactly what Lieberman is doing. He’s playing a very dangerous “game” with people’s lives; 45,000 a year who will die every year that goes by without health care reform. Those numbers will only go up as the insurance companies have already indicated premiums will go up. Sen. Lieberman knows this full well. He’s doing the insurance companies’ bidding.
Lieberman has come up with every feeble reason he can think of to block reform, including saying his constituents don’t want health care reform.
This editorial from his home state is says otherwise. Lieberman knows this too. How many of his constituents will die because of his latest ego trip?