Don't blame Fox News.5:09 PM, Apr 16, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Sen. Tom Coburn caused a stir when he recently suggested that Fox News had spread the falsehood that you could go to jail under Obamacare for not buying insurance. Bill O'Reilly said this week when he interviewed Coburn: "We researched to find out if anybody on Fox News had ever said you're going to jail if you don't buy health insurance. Nobody's ever said it."
5:30 PM, Apr 6, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Oklahoma senator Dr. Tom Coburn raised some conservatives' eyebrows today with his statement that Nancy Pelosi is a "nice lady":
When discussing the short-term unemployment benefit extension that he is stalling, to the chagrin of Democrats, Coburn said he is "180 degrees in opposition" to Pelosi but that "she is a nice lady."
That comment drew boos and jeers from the crowd, but Coburn asked the crowd for calm and spoke about civility.
“Come on now. She is nice – how many of you all have met her? She’s a nice person,” Coburn said. "Let me give you a little lesson here. I hope you will listen to me. Just because somebody disagrees with you don’t [sic] mean they’re not a good person.
4:12 PM, Apr 2, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Hill reports:
Lawmakers living at the C Street House are violating congressional gift rules, a watchdog charged Thursday.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint Thursday with the Senate Ethics Committee and the House Office of Congressional Ethics, charging members residing at C Street with paying below-market rent.
The complaint lists Sens. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.) as well as Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) as allegedly receiving improper housing benefits.
9:05 PM, Feb 25, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Oklahoma Republican senator Tom Coburn says he had a "pretty positive attitude" leaving today's health care summit at the Blair House in Washington. He had even suggested Obama and lawmakers have another such meeting on health care. But now, after reading news reports saying that Democrats are set on using reconciliation to ram the Senate bill through Congress, Coburn is wondering if today's summit was pointless.
"It's fairly disappointing," Dr. Coburn told THE WEEKLY STANDARD this evening. "If the Dems are just going to run the bill anyway, why’d we just do it?"
Obama vs. Alexander11:23 AM, Feb 25, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Before Sen. Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, began to talk about costs, President Obama and Sen. Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennesse, engaged in a high-profile debate over the effects of the Senate legislation on the cost of premiums. Sen. Alexander said the Congressional Budget Office has found that individual premiums would rise as a result of health care reform. Obama said Alexander's wrong, premiums will go down. Who's right? From what I can tell, they both are.
Role reversal.11:17 AM, Feb 25, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
During the Democratic primary race, it was Hillary Clinton whose health-care plan used an individual mandate to increase health-care coverage.
Back then, it was Barack Obama who argued against a mandate because it put onerous penalties on those who already could not afford health insurance. His argument was that the impediment to access is "affordability," and lowering costs would necessarily lower that impediment.