White House to Reid: Get Lieberman on Board

Senate leader unwilling to cut Medicare buy-in just for Joe
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2009 1:53 PM CST
White House to Reid: Get Lieberman on Board
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, center, flanked by Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., left, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., meets with reporters in Washington, Tuesday,Nov. 18, 2008.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Obama administration is urging Harry Reid to do what he has to to secure the support of Joe Lieberman. Lieberman has gummed up the Democrats' plans for the health care reform bill by announcing his firm opposition to the expansion of Medicare to Americans 55 to 64, and Reid is apparently unwilling to eliminate a major provision—one on which other senators' support may rely—for his sake.

"There is a weariness and a lot of frustration that one person is holding up the will of 59 others," a prominent official tells Politico. “There is still too much anger and confusion at one particular senator’s reversal.” (Read more Joe Lieberman stories.)

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