- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut independent, said Tuesday he would vote in favor of a health-care-reform bill if it has no public option or early Medicare buy-in.

“I’m going to be in a position in which I’m ready to vote for health-care reform,” Mr. Lieberman said this morning on Capitol Hill.

Mr. Lieberman is the key 60th vote the Senate needs to pass the vote before the holiday recess.

He said the plan to allow people ages 55 to 64 to “buy in” to Medicare was just another attempt at getting a government-run insurance plan — the so-called “public option” — into the legislation.

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“The people who didn’t have the votes for the public option tried to get it down another path,” Mr. Lieberman said.

He said the buy-in plan would overburden hospitals and increase the cost of insurance premiums.

Mr. Lieberman, a former Democrat, said he is committed to achieving President Obama’s primary goals for health-care reform: reducing medical costs and getting coverage for millions of uninsured Americans.

“He wants to bend the cost curve for families and businesses … and bring in a lot of people who now cannot afford health care,” Mr. Lieberman said.

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