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Lieberman 'encouraged' by health deal

From NBC's Mark Murray
This morning, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-D) -- who has said he'd opposed a health care bill that contains any kind of public option -- said he's "encouraged" by the deal Senate negotiators struck last night. But Lieberman also raised an objection to the deal's apparent public option "trigger."

"I am encouraged by the progress toward a consensus on proposals to send to the Congressional Budget Office to review," he said in a statement. "I believe that it is important to pass legislation that expands access to the millions who do not have coverage, improves quality and lowers costs while not impeding our economic recovery or increasing the debt."

More: "My opposition to a government-run insurance option, including any option with a trigger, has been clear for months and remains my position today. Regarding the 'Medicare buy-in' proposal that is being discussed, we must remain vigilant about protecting and extending the solvency of the program, which is now in a perilous financial condition."

Lieberman concluded, "It is my understanding that at this point there is no legislative language so I look forward to analyzing the details of the plan and reviewing analysis from the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid."

Lieberman's comments about the deal are similar to what he told NBC's Ken Strickland yesterday.