No Health Plan Under the Tree

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. But he's old and the government doesn't think it's wise use of funds to keep him alive....

This year it's more about what we don't want. And be it Christmas or Hanukkah, nobody in theor right mind want governemt health care. You can add Sen. Joe Lieberman to that list. He threatened Sunday to join Republicans in opposing health care legislation if it permits uninsured individuals as young to 55 to purchase Medicare coverage.

To some this sounds like a good idea, except for the fact that it would swamp the system. You can't fit a thousand people in a row boat. It's not what Medicare was designed to do.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hoping to pass the legislation by Christmas, but needs 60 votes to overcome Republican objections and has been counting on Lieberman to provide one.

If Lieberman follows through on his plans, he leaves Democrats with few options. It could be payback though as Lieberman lost the Democratic nomination for re-election the last time he ran, in 2006, then won a new term as an independent. Even so, he retains his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, a post he holds at the pleasure of the Democratic-controlled Senate.