Senator Joseph Lieberman ’64 LAW ’67 is at the center of the health care reform debate on Capitol Hill.

Lieberman told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yesterday that he would oppose the health care reform bill as it stands, The New York Times reported. Lieberman said his primary concerns with the bill are the expansion of Medicare and a new government insurance plan.

“You’ve got to take out the Medicare buy-in,” Lieberman said, according to The New York Times. “You’ve got to forget about the public option. You probably have to take out the Class Act, which was a whole new entitlement program that will, in future years, put us further into deficit.”

Now, according to Politico, the White House wants Reid to eliminate the proposed Medicare expansion so Lieberman will vote for the bill and it will pass.

Read the full New York Times article here.