White House wants a deal with Lieberman, but he's not their only problem

Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, a life-long Democrat who was re-elected in 2006 as an independent, has said he will not support a government-run health insurance plan in health care reform. Nor will he support an expansion of Medicare to cover patients as young as 55.

Politico today quotes an anonymous official “close to the negotiations” between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the White House, as saying that President Obama is pushing Reid to make a deal with Lieberman:

“There is a weariness and a lot of frustration that one person is holding up the will of 59 others,” the official said. “There is still too much anger and confusion at one particular senator’s reversal.”

But is one person really holding up the will of 59 others? In addition to the Democrats widely viewed as shaky — Lieberman, Blanche Lincoln, Ark., Ben Nelson, Neb. — Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida doesn't seem very impressed with what's out there right now, either, based on what he said during his Friday appearance on Fox News Live:

“I think when we get the score back from CBO that it’s going to be too costly…So, at the end of the day, I think it’s going to be a non-starter.”

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