Update: The New York Times is reporting:
“In a surprise setback for Democratic leaders, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, said on Sunday that he would vote against the health care legislation in its current form.”
And on the issue of abortion, the New York Times was equally shocked by Senator Nelson:
“On a separate issue, Mr. Reid tried over the weekend to concoct a compromise on abortion that would induce Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, to vote for the bill. Mr. Nelson opposes abortion. Any provision that satisfies him risks alienating supporters of abortion rights.”
Meanwhile, this just in from the Huffington Post, Senator Lieberman told Senator Reid to his face this morning that he will vote against the Reid vapor deal:
“Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) informed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in a face-to-face meeting on Sunday that he will vote against a health care bill that includes a public option or a provision that would expand Medicare, a Democrat Senate aide tells the Huffington Post.
The two Senators had a discussion in Reid’s office shortly after Lieberman appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday morning. The Connecticut Independent discussed with Reid some of his concerns about the legislation, elaborating on issues he had raised during the show. According to the source, who was briefed on the exchange, Lieberman punctuated the discussion by telling the majority leader directly that he would vote against the bill if the Medicare buy-in and public option provisions remained in it.”
Here is what Senator Lieberman and Senator Nelson said on Face the Nation, via the Weekly Standard:
“On Face The Nation, Sens. Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson made it pretty clear they weren’t inclined to support the Reid “compromise” featuring a Medicare buy-in. Nelson said he thought such a buy-in is a bad idea, and Lieberman noted that on “the so-called Medicare buy-in — the opposition to it has been growing as the week has gone on. Though I don’t know exactly what’s in it, from what I hear I certainly would have a hard time voting for it because it has some of the same infirmities that the public option did.”
From Robert Costa, in the Corner:
“All of the king’s horses and all of the king’s men may not be able to put 60 together again,” says [Senator] Alexander, in reference to the (barely) 60 votes Reid got last month to bring his bill to the floor. “With two weeks until Christmas, Democrats find themselves in the awkward position of trying to pass a 2,000-page bill — a bill which most of them admit they don’t know much about.”
“Alexander cites the new report from the chief actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a potential death blow to Reid’s cause. The CMS, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, says that if Reid’s bill became law, America would spend $234 billion more on health care over the next decade.
“Add the CMS report to the Mayo Clinic’s devastating letter against the expansion of Medicare, as well as the opposition of the American Medical Association and hospitals to Reid’s Medicare idea, and it’s clear that the more people find out about this, the less they like it,” says Alexander. “I’m not ready to make a prediction (on whether it will fail), but things aren’t looking good for the majority leader.”
Given Senator Bill Nelson’s (D-Fla) statement on FOX News that the Reid Vapor Deal is a “non-starter,” and the fact that Senator Snowe has said she does not support it, and Senator Lieberman never has supported it, and the only public statements he has made have been to cast doubt about the idea’s viability; and that Senator Nelson has now publicly stated that he cannot vote to end the filibuster if the abortion restrictions he supports are not in the bill — it appears that the ObamaCare implosion is imminent.