Sen. Tom Coburn has a reputation as outsider, a politician who speaks his mind even when his ideas aren't popular.But it would help Sen. Coburn's reputation if he didn't exaggerate or make things up. Here's the latest example, courtesy of PolitiFact, a fact-checking organization that—in this case—makes Coburn look like a liar.
Here's a portion of the PolitiFact commentary on Coburn and his claims about the president's health care plans:
When Sen. Tom Coburn said that under President Obama, "all the health care in this country is eventually going to be run by the government," it was like a golden oldie PolitiFact has heard many times before.
During the campaign, we heard the same tune from vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who said Obama was calling for a "government-run plan"; Mitt Romney, who said Obama "wants the government to take over health care"; and Rudy Giuliani, who called Hillary Clinton's similar plan "socialized medicine."***
"Remember, under the Obama plan . . . all the health care in this country is eventually going to be run by the government," Coburn said in an interview on Fox News on March 4, 2009.
"So it's part of an incremental creep towards eliminating any objection, both as us as taxpayers and then individual physicians in terms of not complying with a government-run bureaucracy," he added.***
We asked Coburn's office about his remarks. "What matters is not just President Obama’s intent, or what his plan states, but the likely effect and consequences of his plan," said spokesman John Hart. "Under Obama’s approach, the only plans left standing will be those controlled by the government."That may be Sen. Coburn's opinion on what could happen, but it's definitely not part of Obama's plan. And Coburn was very specific in saying that "under the Obama plan, all the health care in this country is eventually going to be run by the government." That gives the incorrect impression that Obama is promoting a government-run health care system. He's not. We rate Coburn's statement false.