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Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman is sticking by his promise to join Republican Senators in a filibuster if a heath care reform bill containing the so-called public option goes to a floor vote. WNPR’s Ray Hardman has more.

The independent Senator, who caucuses with Democrats, insists he supports health care reform. But Lieberman says a government run insurance program would be too costly to taxpayers, and rejects the notion that the new competition would force insurance companies to lower their rates:

The controversial public option has virtually no support from Senate Republicans, and several moderate Democrats have been less than thrilled with the measure. Lieberman says taking the public option off the table will ensure the reform bill will pass.

The latest Senate version of the Health care reform bill introduced earlier this week by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would allow states to opt out of the public option, a compromise Joe Lieberman says he would not support.

For WNPR, I’m Ray Hardman.