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Dec 14, 2009 10:53 AM by Associated Press

Lieberman resists Medicare buy-in plan

Republicans say you shouldn't bet on a health care bill coming out of the Senate before Christmas.

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell says Americans are "overwhelmingly opposed" to the bill. McConnell says it's a stretch to think the Senate will ignore public opinion and "jam this through before Christmas."

Independent Senator Joe Lieberman has threatened to join Republicans in opposing health care legislation if it permits uninsured individuals as young to 55 to purchase Medicare coverage.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needs 60 votes to overcome Republican objections, and he's been counting on support from Lieberman. Democratic aides say Lieberman also has told Reid he would support a Republican-led filibuster if the bill lets the government sell insurance in competition with private companies.

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