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That Was Then:
National health insurance pool-free for poor and children
Q: How would your health plan improve insurance coverage for the new generation?
LIEBERMAN: There is a morally scandalous fact-that that 43 million Americans don’t have health insurance, 2 million more than when George Bush became president. I’m proposing to create a national health insurance pool like the one that members of Congress get our insurance from. If you don’t have insurance now, you’ll be able to get it, probably free, if you’re among the low-income working poor. If you’re a child, you will be covered by insurance at birth. If you are fired from your work or lose your job, you will not lose your health insurance. MediKids is part of my program. Every child born in America will become a member of MediKids, and it will cover them from birth through 25. Why 25? Because young adults have a hard time affording health insurance, and a lot of them think they’re not going to get sick, but they do, and we need to cover them.
On Tuesday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) announced that he would withhold his vote for the Senate’s final health care reform bill if it included a government-run public health insurance plan, the Wall Street Journal reports. Lieberman, who usually caucuses with the Democrats, said that the bill in its current state would have to be changed significantly to secure his support. Lieberman said, “To put this government-created insurance company on top of everything else is just asking for trouble for the taxpayers, for the premium payers and for the national debt. I don’t think we need it now,” adding, “We’re trying to do too much at once.”
Lieberman said that Reid’s plan for a public option with a state opt-out clause also would not garner his support because “it still creates a whole new government entitlement program for which taxpayers will be on the line”
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PETITION TO SENATE DEMOCRATS:
“Any Democratic senators — including Joe Lieberman — who support a Republican attempt to block a vote on health care reform should be stripped of their leadership titles. Americans deserve a clean up-or-down vote on health care reform that includes a public option.”
Over 90,000 signatures and growing…