Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Letter to Douche Lieberman's Office

Dear Sen. Lieberman:

I am writing in dismay as I have just learned that you plan on supporting a GOP filibuster of any health care reform bill that contains a public option. Apparently, you oppose the inclusion of the public option in the final bill on grounds that it would be too expensive.

Two things: as Marcie Wheeler notes here (http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2009/10/27/hey-reporters-it-might-be-worth-pointing-out-lieberman-is-wrong-or-lying/) you are either misinformed or intentionally misleading. Worse, you had no qualms supporting what economists Linda J. Bilmes and Joseph E. Stiglitz called "the three trillion dollar war." Was that not expensive enough for you to oppose, Sen. Lieberman? And lest you should counter that health care reform is not an issue national security like 9/11 and terrorism, consider the fact that since 9/11 hundreds of thousands of Americans have died of preventable deaths, which proper and timely health care could have prevented or delayed.

Your argument against cost does not make sense, Senator. Which leads people of ordinary intellect like me to believe that something else is at play here. Whatever it is, do not shame yourself or the people you represent by denying the American people an idea whose time has come.


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