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Posted by on Oct 27, 2009 in Breaking News, Health, Politics | 14 comments

UPDATED: Lieberman Threatens; Nelson Undecided; Snow Disappointed

Per a breaking news email from Politico:

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) says he will join a Republican filibuster against the Senate Democrats’ health care reform bill unless the public option is removed.

More here.

From CNN:

Also Tuesday, conservative Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska warned that his vote remains uncertain for a bill with a public option.

From the same story:

[GOP Sen.] Snowe has indicated her preference for a “trigger” provision that would mandate creation of a public health insurance option in the future if specific thresholds for expanded coverage and other changes were not met.

Snowe issued a statement Monday saying she was “deeply disappointed” about Reid’s decision on the public option. She said that a decision in favor of a trigger “could have been the road toward achieving a broader bipartisan consensus in the Senate.”

By my count, that leaves only 58 or 59 potential votes for Reid’s “compromise” … and (as far as I can tell) other conservative-leaning Democratic Senators (e.g., Sen. Bayh from Indiana) have yet to weigh in.