My proposals were to basically expand the existing successful public health insurance programs Medicare and Medicaid…
When it came to Medicare I was very focused on a group — post 50, maybe more like post 55. People who have retired early, or unfortunately have been laid off early, who lose their health insurance and they’re too young to qualify for Medicare.
What I was proposing was that they have an option to buy into Medicare early and again on the premise that that would be less expensive than the enormous cost. If you’re 55 or 60 and you’re without health insurance and you go in to try to buy it, because you’re older … you’re rated as a risk so you pay a lot of money.
The 11-Dimensional Chess has worked us down to two Democratic Senators, Lieberman and Nelson, as the last opponents of the progressive agenda for health care reform. In Nelson’s case, it’s purely a matter of AHIP money. But for Lieberman, it’s all about Lieberman:
Democrats held the vote open for an hour to accommodate Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, an Orthodox Jew who walked more than three miles to the Capitol to vote on the Sabbath after attending services at his synagogue in the city’s Georgetown neighborhood. Lieberman wore a black wool overcoat and brilliant orange scarf – as well as a wide grin – as he provided the crucial 60th vote. (Emphasis mine)
But Lieberman is about to get hit by a wave of progressive ads; I have the emails from OFA and related organizations. Don’t tell me that Obama doesn’t know how to put pressure on Lieberman, because Joe is gonna get a kick right in the pants over Christmas. Gibson’s Law will strike!