Joe Lieberman: Very Serious Person

Uh oh, this is going to make Chuck Lane’s job difficult:

Mr. Lieberman had supported the Medicare buy-in proposal in the past — both as the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee in 2000 and in more recent discussions about the health care system. In an interview this year, he reiterated his support for the concept.

But in the interview, Mr. Lieberman said that he grew apprehensive when a formal proposal began to take shape. He said he worried that the program would lead to financial trouble and contribute to the instability of the existing Medicare program.

And he said he was particularly troubled by the overly enthusiastic reaction to the proposal by some liberals, including Representative Anthony Weiner, Democrat of New York, who champions a fully government-run health care system.

“Congressman Weiner made a comment that Medicare-buy in is better than a public option, it’s the beginning of a road to single-payer,” Mr. Lieberman said. “Jacob Hacker, who’s a Yale professor who is actually the man who created the public option, said, ‘This is a dream. This is better than a public option. This is a giant step.’”

So there you have it; Joe Lieberman used to think Medicare buy-in was a good idea, then he found out that Rep. Weiner and Jacob Hacker thought it was a good idea and he changed his mind. Nothing about the intricate workings of policy, budget mechanics, or anything like that; the fact that a couple of liberals were happy with the idea was enough to get Holy Joe to do an about face on it.

The most important public policy question this country has dealt with in the last 60 years is being held hostage by an admitted sociopath right now.  Yay Senate!

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