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Lieberman and Nelson Doubt Medicare Compromise – WSJ.com
Posted By Jacob Laksin On December 14, 2009 @ 12:18 pm In Political News | No Comments
WASHINGTON — Two key senators on Sunday raised concerns over one aspect of a proposed compromise on the health-care bill, putting up a hurdle to passage of the measure in the Senate.The proposal to open Medicare to individuals below the age of 65 was a crucial part of a compromise reached last week among senior Senate Democrats, and raised hopes that the Senate could pass the health-overhaul bill before the Christmas holiday. Under the compromise, the bill wouldn’t include a government-run insurance plan, a controversial idea opposed by Republicans and some moderate Democrats.Sens. Joe Lieberman I., Conn. and Ben Nelson D., Neb. on Sunday voiced strong doubts about the Medicare proposal, which would allow individuals as young as 55 to buy into the program.”It will add taxpayer costs. It will add to the deficit. It’s unnecessary,” Sen. Lieberman said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”Sen. Nelson, appearing on the same show, called the buy-in proposal “the forerunner of single-payer, the ultimate single-payer plan, maybe even more directly than the public option.”
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