Coburn: Plans Don’t Line Up

from Tulsa Beacon, Sept. 17, 2009

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn said President Obama’s speech about healthcare last week missed the point.

“President Obama is right that Congress can agree to many of the goals he outlined, and he was wise to acknowledge that those on the other side of aisle are equally committed to reform and have, in fact, produced ideas and solutions to achieve our common goals,” Coburn said, noting that his bill includes a detailed proposal to set up state-based exchanges that empower individual consumers rather than government or insurance company bureaucrats.

“However, the President still faces a fundamental challenge that the House and Senate healthcare bills as currently drafted do not line up with the plan he described. If the President means what he says, he needs to tell House and Senate Democrats to start over.

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