Joe Lieberman Pisses On America’s Leg, Tells Us It’s Raining
Joe Lieberman, Sunday:
I will tell you that on one part of it the so-called Medicare buy-in, the opposition to it has been growing as the week has gone on. And though I don’t know exactly what’s in it, from what I hear I certainly would have a hard time voting for it because it has some of the same infirmities that the public option did. It will add taxpayer cost. It will add to the deficit. It’s unnecessary.
Joe Lieberman, September 8 (video):
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.