CoburnCare: Pay More, Get Less

August 23, 2011 10:46 am ET — Jamison Foser

Sen. Tom Coburn

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) woke up today to the kind of article no politician wants to see in his hometown paper. The Oklahoman reports under the header "Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn's deficit-reduction plan would target public and private health care":

Coburn, R-Muskogee, would make sweeping changes to Medicare and Medicaid, while demanding more from military veterans for coverage. And he would cap the amount of employer-based health insurance that employees could receive without paying income taxes on the premiums.


One of the overarching goals of all of Coburn's health care proposals is to make people pay more for their health care services so they'll use less.


Coburn would address the rapidly rising health care costs in the Defense Department by making military retirees pay higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs for TRICARE.

Got that? Coburn's goal is for people to pay more for health care and get less of it. And he wants to reduce military spending not by, say, leaving Afghanistan (not until we get rid of the Clean Air Act!), but by charging veterans more for medical care.