Coburn: Health care debate will continue
January 16th, 2011
01:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Coburn: Health care debate will continue

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn signaled Sunday that the debate over health care reform will continue in the Senate despite an obstacle-filled repeal process.

The House is expected to vote to repeal the law this week, but similar legislation is unlikely to make it through the Democratic-controlled Senate or survive a presidential veto. However, a repeal vote fulfills a GOP campaign promise, allowing Republican legislators to publicly record their views and concerns.

"I think we ought to try to repeal it, because we ought to build the basis that we've gone in the wrong direction to solve the real problems in health care," Coburn said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "The fact is we're not through with the debate on health care in this country … My hope is that the debate will be good for us."

New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said the potential fight would benefit Democrats.

"We welcome, in a certain sense, their attempt to repeal it because it gives us a second chance to make a first impression," Schumer said Sunday. "Dr. Coburn knows how important preventative medicine is, and so many other good things that didn't get a real airing during the sturm und drang of the debate will now get one."

The senior New York senator also suggested provisions that could receive bipartisan support in the Senate, such as repealing the 1099 provision - which requires small businesses to report vendor purchases over $600 – that he said puts too big a burden on small business.

"We have the best health care system in the world and the most inefficient. If we can work together on cutting those costs without damaging the good health care that people get, that's an area for bipartisan agreement," Schumer said.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The Federal Government has no business in the health business, the welfare business, and in most cases collecting and disbursing money. This health bill will only hasten the demise of the country into total bankruptsy. Already they need to raise the national debt limit. How long before the people get tired of their paychecks looking like a piece of swiss cheeze. This fiasco needs to be repealed post haste.

    January 16, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Nadeem

    I saw the Colburn interview and was once again struck by the lack of any specific proposals from the GOP on how to deal with the healthcare challenge.

    All i hear are platitudes like, 'get Government out' and 'free market'
    News flash – we tried that for 100 years and what we got were spiraling rates and people being denied or kicked off insurance. We need real solutions not political demagoguery.

    January 16, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    I worry – Dr.Coburn told one of his constituents if specialty care was needed to help her husband live, to get one of her neighbors to help.

    January 16, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    "We will continue the health care debate" is GOP-speak for: We are linked to the medical community and will do what they tell us – PERIOD!!! Peopl in need of medical coverage don't make big campaign contributions but the medical interests do, so guess who gets the attention!!!

    January 16, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. fed123

    Well I guess the gobpers have to talk about something................They no longer can talk about the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl, so health care reform it has to be. Something is wrong with the newly passed bill...............I cannot quite put my finger on it, so let's throw out the whole bill and maybe then I can remember what is wrong. I will then think about it for the next 6 years, until we can get a gobper in the White House. At that time I will probably come up with an answer.

    January 16, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. sara

    What plan for health care does the GOP have. They want to repeal the current one and then what?

    January 16, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Nodack

    "However, a repeal vote fulfills a GOP campaign promise, allowing Republican legislators to publicly record their views and concerns."

    As if they didn't record their views and concerns the first time around.

    " We have the best health care system in the world."

    Says who? According the the world health organization we have the 37th best health care in the world and the only industrialized nation in the world that doesn't cover all of it's citizens. 44,000 Americans die every year because they don't have insurance. The leading cause of bankruptcy in the US is illness. Nobody in England goes bankrupt because of illness.

    January 16, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Whatever

    If they are really for the people they would AMEND the current bill!! They will waste 2 years trying to repeal never presenting a new bill and no jobs will be created along the way. They will get ousted in large numbers and then the new Congress will come in stop the whole repeal argument and immediately focus on creating jobs.

    AMEND – title of repeal from job killing to something more civil
    AMEND – take out mandate and REPLACE with a public option!

    Stop playing around and GOVERN!!!!!!!

    January 16, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Peter E

    Republicans have been playing political games with health care for these last two years. They haven't come up with a real alternative themselves (in fact, if you look at their 'proposal' it is 80% the same as the democratic version) and they can hardly name any single part of Obama's health care they don't like. They just hate the democratic proposal in general. And they call it a 'job killer' even though they cannot name why they think it is.
    I will start listening to them if they start getting serious about health care and come up with their own alternative. If they want to repeal Obama's health plan just to reinstate 80% of it anyway in their own plan then they're wasting time with their political games.

    January 16, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Ooo, Obama's bills are not perfect therefore we need to repeal ALL of them! And the US Constitution as was originally written by our Founding Fathers was imperfect too. That's why we repealed all of it instead of just sensibly ammending it. Oh wait...

    January 16, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Dawn

    At least when President made the campaign promise of getting health care for all, he actually knew there was a possibility of it happening. The republicans knew they had NO CHANCE to repeal this bill, but promised to do so knowing full well it would never happen. They were playing to the completely uninformed voter, who know nothing about politics and only gets there info from Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. Who don't understand that it has to go through the house and the senate and then the President has the ability to veto it and they can not over ride that veto unless they have a super majority of votes which they didn't have then and they still don't have now. It is just very sad to think that people are so naive to have believed them, but when it is not repealed and they actually come to the understand of why, perhaps they will think before they vote and do their own research.

    January 16, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Someone must look at where the costs for health care are going, and how to contain them, under the provisions of ObamaCare, since the bill itself, does nothing to contain costs.

    January 16, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. teresa l

    we already know the GOP's views on healthcare, just don't get sick!!!

    January 16, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Da

    Firstly, you had 2 years to 'debate' you chose to act like children. Secondly, you've had 30 years knowing where this mess was headed and your solution was to allow Big Insurance and Pharma to continue to monopolize with absolutely no competition, nor attempts to slow rate increases. And the fact that you state 'we have the best healthcare system in the world', here's a reality check for you...1 in 3 in this country has absolutely NO access to health care PERIOD. 20,000 die every year as a result. People have pleaded for any kind of help to make it accessible for years and all Republicans can do is take bribes and give these companies, that have destroyed the system for so many people, the power to do more. It's insanity. Why don't you actually look around, in terms of infrastructure, health care, communication, food safety, crime, we are on the BOTTOM of the barrel...other countries are YEARS ahead of us. The difference is, they are smart and kept big business out of it...and until we do the same it's just going to be more misery for all of us as politicians continue to empower them and they strive to meet their bonuses. End result: You lose America.

    January 16, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. vic nashville tn

    Beating dead horse. We know the outcome repel health care

    What happened to the issue number 1 Jobs for American

    They won’t get it they never get it

    January 16, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. lynn

    Apparently the GOP has no family members with preexisting conditions? They just want to continue being the party of NO in any way they can and as long as they have good medical insurance, why care about anybody else. If it's cost, make up the cost by closing some military bases where no longer needed, except to give the Pentagon something to do with their money.

    January 16, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Adrian

    This health care repeal is going to be the end for the Republicans. Even my Republican father in law has said if the Republicans keep up this repeal B.S. he will never vote Rep. again. They got NOTHING, NOTHING to offer America but more of the same old bait & switch.

    January 16, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Ancient Texan

    And after the veto, bring up the many tenacles of this monster law one at a time and either defund or tweak it into something that actually benefits the American people and the heathcare situation, not just gives the government control over even more of the economy.

    January 16, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Yes, repeal this horrendous government intrusion in our healthcare and creation of a new trillion dollar entitlement program this country cannot afford. Focus on TRUE HEALTHCARE REFORM. But everybody shouldn't kind themselves. This WILL drive up the cost of healthcare. You cannot force companies to provide product, service, or coverage everybody with no limits without affecting costs in an UPWARD direction. Attack the huge costs that law suits play on the healthcare system to start. Be INCREMENTAL not transformational. Use common sense and screw up what we already have and like.

    January 16, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Gil

    I'm so glad that there are Democrats in the Senate who should prevent our Health Care Reform from being canceled. Coburn has taken the Hippocratic Oath and needs to remember that!

    January 16, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    Why do these House cons insist on wasting their time and our money on attempting to repeal a bill that they know will never pass Congress and IF it did would be vetoed by the President?

    I thought part of their "core values" was all about their "work ethics", guess not.

    Looks more like pandering to the tea baggers, but accomplishing nothing, is the highest priority.

    January 16, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    If you can't do it then GOP all you did was like the Democrats lie to us. SHAME, SHAME SHAME. Get ready Tea Party for more members. We will keep sawing until we're through both parties.

    January 16, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Rachel

    "We have the best health care system in the world and the most inefficient." Schumer said. Blatant contradiction there: best and yet most inefficient! People need to get off their high horses and stop saying everything American is "best." They need to realize that good or very good or even near-excellent is not best. That's arrogance and myopia. Mental health care for brain illness–not "mental illness," a deceptive misnomer–needs attention and funding in America. Paraphrasing one psychiatrist on Crowler's State of the Union, "If it were kidney disease, it'd be getting all the attention it needs but it's brain disease and that's hard to understand." As for uncivil political discourse being the cause, no. A cause, yes maybe in some situations. But as a culture and nation uncivil political discourse is certainly an illness. Words do have power(s). Why else is it said that "The pen is mightier than the sword."?

    January 16, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. LGNY

    What is the Republican replacement?

    The pledge published last summer provides only the very sketchiest of outlines. Before you repeal, please give a plan of what will be presented as a replacement.

    January 16, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. CaliforniaBC

    The Republicans need to stop the waste-of-taxpayer-money repeal attempt and HELP improve the areas that could use fixes. This is something to think about since they had a multitude of chances to participate in substantive debate and bill creation the first go round. Time to learn from your mistakes and move forward but first you have to acknowledge those mistakes.

    January 16, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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