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Senator Coburn Loses His Oncologist

Presumably, the Republican party is putting the finishing touches to its response to the State of the Union. And if this news doesn’t make it in, someone needs shooting. Per Politico:

Cancer-stricken Sen. Tom Coburn revealed Tuesday that his health insurance under Obamacare doesn’t cover his oncologist, but said he still is receiving excellent care.

“I’m doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs,” Coburn said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday when asked about his health. “Fortunately — even though my new coverage won’t cover my specialist — I’m going to have great care and I have a great prognosis.”

The Oklahoma Republican’s spokesman confirmed to POLITICO that since the senator enrolled in his health insurance plan under Obamacare, his coverage has been reduced and he lost coverage for his cancer specialist. Coburn will continue to pay out of his own pocket and see the oncologist, his office said.

Here is an upbeat Senator Coburn explaining his situation on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

Could there be a better way of illustrating the chaos that the law is causing than this? As fate would have it, Coburn, who is a doctor himself, is the co-author of a Republican plan, released on Monday: the Patient CARE Act, or Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act. NR’s editors discuss the proposal here.

That Obamacare has forced Coburn into this position is, obviously, a disgrace. That the news broke today, of all days? An opportunity.