Posted by: Rick | Friday, November 20, 2009

Is Tom Coburn For Real?

In the Senate health care debate I’m watching Oklahoma’s number one medical extremist argue that what Americans really want is the freedom to choose the lowest bidder for their heart bypass.  As if patients are going to know how the fuck to shop for a competent surgeon in their price range!

What an asshole.

It’s disgusting, but clearly Coburn believes this “free market” shit.  And why not?  No skin off his sorry ass — it’s all just dorm-room libertarian claptrap for the teabaggers.  (The Senator himself, of course, is enjoying the benefits of government health care.)

Does this make Coburn worse than the garden variety insurance whore?  Probably not.  He’s just scarier.

UPDATE:  Oops.  I forgot to mention this Coburn atrocity:

Q: Sen. Coburn, we need help.  My husband has traumatic brain injury.  His health insurance will not cover him to eat and drink. And what I need to know is: Are you going to help him? Where he can eat and drink?  We left the nursing home, and they told us we are on our own.  He left with a feeding tube.  I have been working with him, but I’m not a speech pathologist, a professional that takes six years for a masters’, and I’m trying to get him to eat and drink again [inaud].

A: Well, I think—first of all, yeah.  We’ll help.  The first thing we will do is to see what we can do, individually, to help you, through our office.  But the other thing that is missing in this debate is us as neighbors, helping people that need our help. [Applause.]  You know we tend to … [Applause.]  The idea that the government is a solution to our problems is an inaccurate, a very inaccurate statement.

Pollack, his wife, and Philip Pizzo, dean of Stanford Medical School, found Coburn’s answer to be deeply disturbing.  I did, too, of course.  But what truly shocked and depressed me was not Coburn’s let-’em-eat-cake response but the fact that it wasn’t met in the room with a collective sharp intake of breath. Instead, Coburn received two quite robust bursts of applause.  I have no idea how Congress and the White House can possibly sell health care reform to people like that.

How does this guy sleep?   Is he simply a sociopath?

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