Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who developed a close friendship with President Obama when they served together in the Senate, is threatening to have the entire health care bill read on the Senate floor.
Senior Senate Democratic aides had heard Coburn was considering having potentially thousands of pages read aloud in effort to stall passage. “If he did this it would be even outrageous for a guy who’s become known as Dr. No around here,” one of them told POLITICO.
Coburn’s office confirmed that he is indeed thinking about having the bill read.
“That's a possibility,” Coburn spokesman John Hart said. “He wants to make sure everyone has a chance to read the bill.”
Coburn, who has a reputation for using procedural rules to block and delay legislation, has been an outspoken critic of the president’s health care overhaul. He recently told the New York Times:
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:47 AM on Nov. 8, 2009
Answer by NannyB. at 7:10 AM on Nov. 8, 2009
Sounds great! It's "story time" on the House floor!!! Bring a pillow and your fuzzy slippers! LOL :o)
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:39 AM on Nov. 8, 2009
Answer by Carpy at 7:48 AM on Nov. 8, 2009
I think that that is a good idea. Thing is the average citizen cant understand the lingo used in the bill, so Im not sure how effective reading a bunch of pages will be. Maybe if it was broken down in laymen terms, the ppl might be more interested.
Answer by sugahmamma at 7:59 AM on Nov. 8, 2009
He shouldn't have to threaten, it should be done in the first place.
Answer by Anonymous at 8:10 AM on Nov. 8, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 8:37 AM on Nov. 8, 2009
I'm sorry but didnt they JUST say LAST week that they would post the bill for 72 hrs for people to read? I KNOW Obama's lying butt said it ALL through is campaign but I swear the renewed the promise last week too!
As for this...I think it would be FANTASTIC :) He should bring a lawyer along too that will explain every paragraph as he read it too......sort of like a translator ;)
Answer by momof030404 at 8:53 AM on Nov. 8, 2009
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:27 AM on Nov. 8, 2009
Answer by jenniamigo at 9:54 AM on Nov. 8, 2009
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