What is the only way Lieberman can escapes the brand as the most hated man in America? That would depend on a whole bunch of people never hearing how he alone destroyed what could have been affordable and effective health care that reform. Americans would have seen more money in their pockets, preventive care, life saving treatments and do away with the possibility of losing everything do to a serious illness.
Yes, health care reform will take a huge step forward, but premiums will be unaffected and increases will continue. As premiums sky rocket, Republicans will declare victory calling reform a failure. They will be right. For cost conscience conservatives and Blue Dog Democrats, they will have accomplished just the opposite of saving people money. That would mean the irrational theory of free market capitalism lives on to destroy American families another day.
Bottom line: What else can you say about a requirement to have health insurance, all the while not being able to afford it?
Bowing to Lieberman: As Joe Lieberman has now proved in this health-care debate, any U.S. senator can be a king. The question is whether that power is used in good faith to make the legislation better, or whether it’s used for another reason. Bottom line: It appears Lieberman is acting a bit out of character on this issue, given his history of being a rank-and-file Democrat (leaning liberal/progressive) on domestic issues. This is why the charge of playing politics with the left is looking so believable to some.But reform is still necessary, leaving cost containment for some future congress.
Daily Kos's Markos Moulitsas, Tweeted: "Insurance companies win. Time to kill this monstrosity coming out of the Senate." What's left besides the mandate, he and others argue, if public option and a Medicare buy-in are both gone. Of course, the White House and others would argue that expanded health-care coverage for millions of Americans, as well as new restrictions on health insurers, is significant reform.