Lieberman Says He Can’t Support Finance Bill

Posted October 13, 2009 at 3:01pm

Even as Senate Democrats picked up the vote of one Republican, Democratic-leaning Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) said Tuesday he could not support the Finance Committee’s health care reform package.

Lieberman told Fox Business Network that he could not support the Finance bill “the way it is.— The Finance panel, led by Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), approved 14-9 its health care overhaul Tuesday afternoon with the support of all its Democrats and Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine).

“I’m afraid that in the end the Baucus bill is actually going to raise the price of insurance,— Lieberman said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is set to merge the Finance bill with a measure passed out of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions panel, and Lieberman is just one of several centrists whose concerns Reid aims to assuage before the merged package comes to the Senate floor, possibly in two weeks.