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  Lieberman expresses regret to colleagues over healthcare tension
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Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Dec 16, 2009 11:45am
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AuthorAlexander Bolton
News DateTuesday, December 15, 2009 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) told Democratic colleagues at a White House meeting that he regretted the tension he’d created within the conference during the healthcare debate.

Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-Independent who still caucuses with his former party, stopped short of apologizing.

“I just said I know it’s been difficult for people and I regretted it, it’s been difficult for all of us,” Lieberman said.

Earlier in the day, Lieberman said he was likely to support the legislation now that Democratic leaders had agreed to accept his demands and remove a proposal that would have allowed those between the ages of 55 and 64 to buy into Medicare. The buy-in was offered as an alternative to the government-run health insurance proposal Lieberman and other centrists strongly oppose.
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