Not moderate enough for Lieberman

NOT MODERATE ENOUGH FOR LIEBERMAN…. The health care reform bill poised to be approved by the Senate Finance Committee will have bipartisan support — Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) of Maine endorsed the legislation this afternoon. But while the bill may be good enough for a Republican, it’s not good enough for Joe Lieberman.

Lieberman, who has been trashing the reform effort for months, told Don Imus today he opposes the Baucus bill, and again argued that he doesn’t even like the idea of working on health care reform.

“I’ve been saying for a couple of months now that I’m concerned, that I’m concerned that there’s a danger that we’re trying to do too much here and the president is trying to do two good things. But doing them at once in the middle of a recession may be hard to pull off.”

This is just so absurd. Health care reform, if it passes, will take years to be implemented. There’s no reason for a recession to interfere with fixing a broken system, but even if that were a driving factor, this recession will end before 2013. Lieberman must know this, which means he’s looking for excuses, even cheap ones, to oppose reform.

Asked if he’d be willing to support the Baucus bill, Lieberman said he could not. Asked why, he added, “I’m afraid that in the end, the Baucus bill is actually going to raise the price of insurance for most of the people in the country.”

So, Lieberman is parroting AHIP arguments the day after the claim was debunked.

For what it’s worth, it doesn’t matter too much whether Lieberman is willing to vote for health care reform — it matters a great deal whether Lieberman is willing to vote with Republicans on a filibuster. At this point, Lieberman has proven himself willing to betray just about anyone and everyone, so how he’ll behave on the Senate floor remains entirely unpredictable.