coaledsweat wrote:This buy-in is just a disguised public option, it will overtake existing healthcare in no time.
It is increasingly clear that Senator Joe Lieberman is unwilling to support a health care bill in the Senate that would challenge the insurance industry in any way. On Sunday, Lieberman reportedly told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he would vote against any health care bill that included a public option, or a provision that would expand Medicare.
Since Lieberman continues to make noise about the provisions in the health care reform bill that he would vote against, we decided to make a bid for Lieberman's vote by inserting amendments that he would undoubtedly support.
Here are the 3 that might be most attractive to Lieberman's worldview on health care reform:
3) Barack Obama would immediately step down as president of the United States, to be replaced by Lieberman's close friend John McCain. Joe Biden would similarly be replaced by Lieberman, which would save tax dollars because only one name would have to change on Biden's office door.
2) The United States would invade Iran no later than January 2011. Any and all plans for a draw-down in Afghanistan and Iraq would be subsequently canceled and replaced with plans for escalation. Lieberman's histoy of inconsistent positions on foreign policy would be rewritten in a more favorable light.
1) Senate laws would be changed so that Lieberman would be able to start receiving direct payments from the health insurance industry immediately. He would also be allowed to conduct Senate business directly from new yacht The VendeAetna
Bonus Term: All Senate and House of Representative members of the Democratic party would be forced to apologize to Lieberman one by one for his loss to Ned Lamont in the 2006 Connecticut Democratic primary. The apologies are required to sound sincere, with references to Sen. Lieberman as "your righteousness," and they must be televised on C-Span.
pvolcko wrote:Somewhat paradoxically, if Lieberman were actually simply a tool for the insurance industry, he'd be championing this [age 55 Medicare buy-in] as I would expect them to be championing this (so far I haven't really heard what the insurance industry response to this idea is, it is a fairly new proposal). It would result in their most costly insurees moving into the medicare system, allow them to either pocket the net gain or to lower premiums, enticing more younger/healthier people to sign up and pay in (also getting them a net profit).
ken wrote:If this health plan finally does get passed. They say a little over 1 trillion. I say bull , more like 10 or 15 trillion. The feds never estimate things right.