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Preventing consideration of the Veteran's caregiver health benefits act?

Thirteen major military and veterans groups have joined forces to try to force one senator — Republican Tom Coburn of Oklahoma — to release a hold that he has placed on a major veterans benefits bill.

Coburn has been identified by Senate aides as the lawmaker preventing consideration of S 1963, the Veterans’ Caregiver and Omnibus Health Benefits Act of 2009, by using an informal but legal practice of putting a hold on a bill.

Coburn’s staff did not respond to questions, but Senate aides said the first-term senator has expressed concern about creating new and unfunded benefits and wants the opportunity to amend the measure.

One of Coburn’s suggestions is to divert money from unspent economic and job stimulus programs to cover costs of new benefits for veterans and their families

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:10 AM on Nov. 5, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • He did this in 2006, too. “My support for veterans is unwavering and I believe keeping our commitment to those who risk all to fight for our freedom must be among the highest of our priorities. Unfortunately, the Akaka amendment was more about politicizing veterans’ issues rather than addressing their real health care needs,” Dr. Coburn said.

    He wants more accountability and details on where the money is going to ensure veterens are getting the best care. He doesn't want the money to be mismanaged and rushed through the government system and the money never make it to the veterens.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:14 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • He also said this in 2006, "As a practicing physician, it has been my honor to have personally cared for hundreds of Oklahoma veterans. We can and must improve veterans’ health care by giving veterans greater control over the delivery of their care and by reducing costs, streamlining bureaucracy and encouraging the best medical practices."


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:16 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • In 2006~He wanted to go line by line and make sure the money was ACTUALLY going to veterans to give them the best care. Isn't that the accountability we should demand?


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:17 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • This isn't about 2006, its 2009 and do you believe EVERYTHING a politician says? Of course he will SAY the right things.... Apparently 13 major military and veteran groups disagree.


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:19 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • Sen. Coburn blocking bill: Objection is cost, not vets

    Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is using Senate rules to block a vote on S 1963, a major veterans bill, unless he has the chance to offer amendments to pay for the new benefits it creates, especially stipends, health benefits, counseling and other programs aimed at family caregivers of seriously wounded combat veterans.

    Coburn spokesman John Hart said the senator has questions about the new benefit, wondering why, if it is such a good thing for families, it is limited to helping only those of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans. But the main objection is cost.

    “We are at a point in our history when we have to start paying for things,” Hart said.

    Coburn has been in discussions with Senate leaders about the bill, but he objects to plans to pass the Veterans’ Caregiver and Omnibus Health Benefits Act of 2009 by voice vote and without amendments, Hart said.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:21 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

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    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:21 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • It's funny, I don't recall him speaking out about an UNFUNDED $800 BILLION dollar Medicare Prescription bill????


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:23 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • [2005] Senator McCain and his colleagues Senators John Ensign(R-NV), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Tom Coburn(R-OK), Jim DeMint(R-SC), Lindsey Graham(R-SC) and John Sununu (R-NH) have produced an impressive “Fiscal Watch Team Offset Package”  serious spending reductions in major areas of domestic policy. .... the clear need to contain the explosion of government spending that is adding to the already mountainous unfunded liabilities of the federal entitlement programs—in particular Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

    ~So HE DID work for reform of spending and oversight


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:39 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • They [Congress] didn't fix the right problem. It was done for political purposes. It is a dreadful bill [Medicare prescription-drug bill]. It made problems worse, not better.”~Tom Coburn


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:40 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

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    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:46 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

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