Having heard people senior to myself question whether the real purpose of the bill was to withhold expensive end-of-life services from people, my ears perked up when he said the bill is about
“abandonment of life at the end…about the very ethics of being human.
“There isn’t a life that doesn’t have value,” Coburn continued.
He reported only two amendments had been accepted by the Democratic Party majority:
1 – “a conscience clause for assisted suicide” and
2 – “making sure members of Congress are in any plan we pass”
During the question and answer session on deck of the boat, Coburn declared,
Asked about the political consequences of passage, he said that
“next year’s elections will be impacted, but not nearly as much as 3-4 years from now.”
The doctor described the bill as giving “you access to a waiting line” and predicted that 15% of doctors will retire to work in other countries or do mission work, if it does pass.
“hope and prayer is that they keep overreaching.”
“They actually believe in a nanny state. You don’t have the ability to look after yourself and your family.”
A later observation about politicians:
“Politicians routinely give what they don’t have.”
Encouraging people to follow him into elective politics, Coburn observed,
“I’ve seen liberty diminished in my adult life.”
A final analytical comment on who will pay for the $1.7 billion the Democrats health care plan will cost over the next seven years:
“50% will come from small business tax increases.”
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In the bottom photo, U.S. Senator Thomas Coburn indicates the size of a baby which any doctor could recognize as a human being.