Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) Tells Weeping, Desperate Constituent That Government "Isn't The Solution"

From ThinkProgress.com

Yesterday CNN’s Rick Sanchez aired a segment from a health care town hall where a weeping constituent explained to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that her husband’s health insurer refuses to cover his treatment for a traumatic brain injury. As the woman continued to cry, Coburn told her that his office would try to assist her individually. But, he added, “the idea that the government is the solution to our problems is an inaccurate, a very inaccurate statement.” Watch it:

CNN’s Sanchez follows the segment by asking, “What’s interesting about that is that Senator Coburn just essentially said, ‘The government is not the solution.’ But then you have to ask yourself, he just told her to come and see him. Isn’t he the government? By the way, after helping her, what will he do about the other 46 million, 999 thousand Americans who don't have insurance? And the thousands upon thousands of Americans who say they do have insurance, but, like her, they're not getting coverage?”

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