The news, pundits, politicians, and bloggers have been on fire over Saturday nightâ€™s historical voteâ€“â€“220 to 215 on H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, passed with one Republican in favor and 39 Democrats opposed.
Joe Lieberman appeared on Fox News Sunday, spending most of his time discussing the Fort Hood mass murder. With just less than a minute left, Chris Wallace dared to ask about the 'F factor'; â€śDo you still intend, if there is a public option and if thereâ€™s this tax on so-called Cadillac health plans, will you support a Republican filibuster on final passage in the Senate?" Lieberman noted that there are good things in the Democratic plan which just passed the House, noting that we â€śought to do health care reform this year to deal with the two great problems that President Obama and others have talked about:â€ť the unsustainable continuing increases in the cost of health care and the millions of Americans who donâ€™t have health insurance. However, he did discuss his fear that â€ś[his] colleagues in the House added a lot on to that, that subtract from the genuine purposes of health care reformâ€ť. One thing Lieberman referred to was the public option plan proposed by Pelosi and the House Democrats and he firmly stressed, â€śThe public option plan is unnecessary". Lieberman is convinced that the people who put forward this plan are those who really want the government to take over all of health insurance, concluding that this would be â€śwrong.â€ť
When Chris Wallace posed the question more directly, â€śAt this point you are a NO vote in the Senate?â€ť Lieberman responded, â€śIf the public option plan is in there, as a matter conscience I will not allow this bill to come to a final vote,â€ť relaying his concern over our countryâ€™s mounting 12 trillion dollar debt, "I believe the debt can break America..."
As Nancy Pelosi basked in her glory Saturday evening, â€śOh what a nightâ€ť, and other Democrats put her on a pedestal, proclaiming her to be one of the greatest House Speakers in the history of the U.S., I had to hold my breath. Iâ€™ll give Pelosi a lot of credit for moving health care reform this far, however, her method of using abortion to keep the House Democrats' bill alive is disturbing. It doesnâ€™t take a detective to come to the conclusion that the Stupak Amendment was a ploy to get the pro-life Democrats on board because without them the bill would have died. And worse, at the end of the day it is doubtful this amendment will remain intact in the final bill.