Lieberman May Torpedo Health Care Reform

Senate Democrats who thought they had found a workable compromise on health care reform learned otherwise from independent Sen. Joe Lieberman over the weekend.

The Connecticut senator, whose vote is critical to the bill’s prospects, threatened Sunday to join Republicans in opposing health care legislation if it permits uninsured individuals as young to 55 to purchase Medicare coverage.

Lieberman expressed his opposition twice Sunday: first in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” and more strongly later, according to Democratic officials, in a private meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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