Lieberman ‘Increasingly Troubled’ About Medicare Buy-In

Allen Jr., Willie J.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) tells Politico that he’s not totally on board with a proposal to expand Medicare.

“I am increasingly troubled about the proposal,” Lieberman said. “I am worried about what impact it will have on the Medicare program’s fiscal viability and also what effect it will have on the premiums paid by people benefiting from Medicare now and whether the whole thing is viable. If you separate it from Medicare, it will be an extremely expensive program.”

Lieberman had remained neutral on the buy-in proposal since it was brought up Tuesday night, saying he would wait to make a decision until he saw legislative language and a score from the Congressional Budget Office.If Lieberman joins Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) in opposing the buy-in, it becomes much less likely that part of the proposal will survive.