Unfortunately for us, Coburn doesn't actually believe in government. To him, it seems to be some sort of giant conspiracy to rob Sooners of their money and their ambition.
Like Ronald Reagan before him, Coburn sees government as the problem, not the solution. It's an awkward position at best, since he was presumably elected by the people in order to do good in the world through government means.
So when an Oklahoma woman broke down in sobs at a Coburn town hall the other day, Coburn couldn't bring himself to support a real solution to her troubles, like, say, guaranteed health coverage for pre-existing conditions.
But no. Coburn turned the talk to neighborly support, as if the woman could take up a collection and pay for her husband's massive medical costs. Big if.
Not surprisingly, Coburn's getting hammered for his response. There's more here.