Harry Reid needs a Plan B…any Plan B

Senate Majority Leader is probably feeling like a Christian Scientist with appendicitis.

His deal on a public option for health care reform is falling apart, his party faithful are jumping off the Democratic Titanic and he needs a Plan B — any Plan B — to try and salvage the centerpiece of the Obama administration.

Reports Politico:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s appeals for party unity landed with a thud Tuesday with the very group he needs for his public-option push to pay off: centrists who hold the key to health reform.

And not just any centrists but one who makes liberals see red: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who said Tuesday that he’d back a GOP attempt to block the bill from moving to final passage.

Lieberman’s comments dealt a major setback to Reid’s push to pass a bill with a public insurance option, so much so that other Senate Democrats — notably Delaware Sen. Tom Carper — were already sketching out a Plan B to get the votes, most likely through a more watered-down version of the public option.

It wasn’t just Lieberman. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), who faces a tough reelection, said Tuesday she was reluctant to sign on with Reid’s plan, too. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) won’t give any answer until he sees the final language.


  1. bryan mcclellan

    It’s all a ruse to convince us that there in fact was a viable plan-A.
    Plan-B = blackmail, blackball, back up, bend over, say Ah America.

  2. griff

    No, what Harry Reid needs is to be unceremoniously kicked to the curb with the rest of his thieving compadres.

  3. hologram5

    You can definitely count on Lieberman NOT getting re-elected next term. I think it is high time we exact term limits on these positions. These clowns are doing nothing to help us out here. They do nothing but take money from lobbyists, vote no on bills that they know their constituents are wanting. They don’t listen to people. One good thing is.. They are getting old and once these old geezers start dying off, new fresh blood can get into the offices and hopefully do something good for the good of the people. Hopefully…

    To Boldly Go…
    Anywhere there is sanity…