Lieberman: August Deadline All But Impossible

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Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) doesn’t sit on either of the committees with jurisdiction over health care, but that hasn’t stopped him from stepping into the middle of the reform debate to try and slow things down:

Last week, Lieberman joined three Democrats and two Republicans in a call to slow down the pace of reform efforts–though it’s not clear why the exhortation was necessary if passing a health care bill by August is, as Lieberman suggested today, “impossible.” And, for what it’s worth number of Republicans and conservatives have been quite explicit about the fact that they think they can kill health care reform by doing as Lieberman suggests and slowing things down a bit.

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com
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