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Lieberman rules out voting for health bill

New York Times, December 14, 2009

In a setback for Democratic leaders, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, said that he would vote against healthcare legislation in its current form. The bill's supporters had said earlier that they thought they had secured Lieberman's agreement to go along with a compromise they worked out to overcome an impasse within the Democratic Party. But Lieberman told the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to scrap the idea of expanding Medicare and abandon any new government insurance plan or lose his vote, the New York Times reports.