Howard Dean: Kill the Bill
Lieberman's moves have made it worthless, he says
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2009 4:30 PM CST
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama may be pushing for Senate Democrats to keep working on health care reform, but Howard Dean has had enough. The former party chairman says Joe Lieberman's success at weeding out the Medicare buy-in—which itself had replaced the public option—makes the bill worthless.

“This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate," he tells a Vermont radio station. "Honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill.” Greg Sargent got an early peek at the interview for his Plumline blog.