Capitol Hill Update: Sen. Lieberman Tells Obama and Other Left-wingers to Postpone Obamacare Until After the Recession

Democrat-turned-Independent Senator Joe Lieberman from Connecticut, and Al Gore's former running mate in 2000, is urging Barack Obama and his fellow left-wingers to post Obama's socialized medicine bill until after the recession is over.  Better yet, he says, Obama needs to incrementally reform America's health care system.   

Newsmax said yesterday that "one of the Senate's most powerful Democrats (sic) said Sunday that President Obama should take an 'incremental' approach to fixing health care and argued that the country should postpone adding nearly 50 million new patients to the government system until after the recession is over."  

After discussing with CNN's John King the tremendous trillion dollar plus cost of Obamacare, Senator Lieberman said:  "I'm afraid we've got to think about putting a lot of that off until the economy's out of recession.  There's no reason we have to do it all now, but we do have to get started. And I think the place to start is health delivery reform and insurance market reforms."

Senator Lieberman told John King that "In other words, we're in a recession. People are very worried about their jobs, about the economic future. They've watched us add to the debt of this country. We're projected to run a $1.8 trillion deficit this year, September 30th, more than $1 trillion next year. You mentioned the 10-year numbers.

"People are nervous, I think the protests coming out at the public meetings around the country this month are as much to do with that larger environment as they are with questions about healthcare reform. I think great changes in our country often have come in steps. The civil rights movement occurred - changes occurred in steps. Let's focus now on how to reduce costs." 

In a comical aside to Senator Lieberman's remarks, left-wing actor Alec Baldwin put out the word that he may actually challenge Senator Lieberman when the latter runs for reelection in 2012.  Senator Lieberman, when told this fact, said:  "Bring it on!"  It is doubtful that Barack Obama will come down on the side of Lieberman's commonsense approach to health care reform, but instead will come out on the side of the likes of the charlatan Alec Baldwin. 

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