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Lieberman: No Need For Medicare Buy-In Because Baucus Bill Was So Good


Experts might disagree with that contention, but what's particularly noteworthy is that the architecture of all of the health care reform proposals this Congress, stretching back almost a year, included a program of providing subsidies for uninsured people to buy policies on the individual market. The HELP bill, which passed that committee well before Lieberman's September interview, called for subsidies for the uninsured, as did early drafts of the Finance Committee's package, and the House bill. So it's not as if Lieberman didn't know that subsidies would be central to Democratic health care reform package for quite some time.

Separately, Lieberman wasn't particularly opposed to the Medicare buy-in idea last week, months after he'd had time to conclude that his old pet idea was no longer necessary.

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