Sen. Lieberman Is Getting The Message

Wow, me thinks the message is getting through to some of the deaf non-reps. in Washington, D.C. that maybe we should focus on the financial crisis, the deficit, the wars, and the 2000 banks that are not considered “insolvent” yet but seem to be flying by the seats of their pants and living on a prayer.

Sen. Lieberman: Postpone Universal Healthcare

One of the Senate’s most powerful Democrats said Sunday that President Obama should take an “incremental” approach to fixing health care and argued that the country should postpone adding nearly 50 million new patients to the government system until after the recession is over.

“We morally, every one of us, would like to cover every American with health insurance,” Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, told CNN’s John King on the “State of the Union” program.

“But that’s where you spend most of the $1 trillion plus, a little less that is estimated, the estimate said this healthcare plan will cost,” he said.

“I’m afraid we’ve got to think about putting a lot of that off until the economy’s out of recession,” he added.

“There’s no reason we have to do it all now, but we do have to get started. And I think the place to start is health delivery reform and insurance market reforms.”

John King asked Lieberman if it was “time for the president to hit the reset button? Forget sweeping healthcare reform this year, do three or four incremental things that are less costly?”

Lieberman responded: “In a word, yes. I don’t think — I give the president tremendous credit for taking on the healthcare problem. And it really is a problem that we’ve got to deal with. But he took it on at a very difficult time that was not of his making.

“In other words, we’re in a recession. People are very worried about their jobs, about the economic future. They’ve watched us add to the debt of this country. We’re projected to run a $1.8 trillion deficit this year, September 30th, more than $1 trillion next year. You mentioned the 10-year numbers. People are nervous, I think the protests coming out at the public meetings around the country this month are as much to do with that larger environment as they are with questions about healthcare reform. I think great changes in our country often have come in steps. The civil rights movement occurred — changes occurred in steps. Let’s focus now on how to reduce costs. That’s been a central theme of the president.

11 thoughts on “Sen. Lieberman Is Getting The Message”

  1. Diamond… I would like to think the message is getting through to our non-representing representatives. But, I’m not so sure. I still don’t think they fully understand what they don’t understand… particularly just how much is being hidden from them by the Fed. It’s like they don’t want to know… out of sight, out of mind. Let the Fed and Timmy the Wonder Boy handle it (along with all their banker buddies).

    In fact, I think most of the country has their collective heads in the sand. It’s not that they don’t sense there is something wrong… they just either don’t understand it or… they do and just hope that it’s going to go away.

    It’s like the whole freaking country is in a state of denial. You have people that don’t want to open up their 401K statements, don’t want to turn on the news, don’t want to face their own personal financial/debt situation. They are more interested in when Michael Jackson is going to be buried or who is going to win the next American Idol.

    I just hope and pray that enough of the ostriches will finally pull their heads out of the sand and face reality.

  2. Dug, I agree with you. I think they will wake up only when the you know what hits the fan; that may be in the very near future.

  3. No, we can not trust these guys. Joe just drew the distraction card. They are all playing a game and Joe drew this card to throw us a bone and distract us from the reality. “THEY” will do what THEY want and every now and then trow us a bone to distract us and think we still have a voice that matters.

  4. I really HATE to agree with Lieberman on anything but it is a good sign that someone is talking some sense finally. Lieberman is absolutely right that in the middle of a recession it isn’t the appropriate time to consider going into greater debt which can only make the recession last longer. He is also right that “reconciliation” will poison any hopes of bipartisan cooperation on other issues.

  5. I don’t trust ANY of those snakes! They love to say what you want to hear, and do just the opposite. A snake will shed it’s skin…but it’s STILL a snake! Don’t trust ANY of these morons…you’ll be sorry!

  6. Dug,

    “Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

    Michael Jackson Died of Propofol Overdose, Search Warrant Reveals [3:57 p.m. ET]”

    Now that that is settled maybe we can get to work and save America eh.

  7. Walt1,

    Not so fast they haven’t buried him yet. Last date I saw was Sept.3rd, I do not know why they switched from Aug 29th. I thought they were waiting for his 51st birthday, or maybe his 52nd.

  8. Walt, Kathy, readers….my spousal unit is a former lead singer who now winds his way through the house singing “I’m Still Dead…” to the music of I’ll be there. Just had to share that with you all!

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