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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Lieberman: "Nothing" Better Than Public Option (VIDEO)

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) made his position on health care reform even more clear Sunday morning, saying he would rather have "nothing" than a bill with a public option.

"I want to have health care reform, I want to be able to say yes," Lieberman opined on CBS' "Face the Nation." But asked by host Bob Schieffer whether his position could mean ending up with nothing, Lieberman said that was fine. He pointed the finger at Democrats for making the public option part of their bill when there was "broad bipartisan support" for a bill without one.

"But is what you're also saying is that nothing is better than a government health insurance, or a health insurance reform that includes a public option? Nothing is better than that?" Schieffer asked.

"Well, the truth is that nothing is better than that, because I think we ought to follow, if I may, the doctor's oath in Congress as we deal with health care reform, do no harm," Lieberman responded, chuckling.

Watch (via ThinkProgress):

Last week, Lieberman announced that he would join a Republican filibuster if a public option was included in the final health care bill.

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