We'd be better off with no Medicare. Channels Sue Lowden's love of chickens. Barack Obama wants to create "dependency" because he benefited so much from affirmative action. Wants to turn the senate chamber into a firing range.
"Show me where in the Constitution the federal government is responsible for your health care?" Coburn said.
He went on to say that government programs such as Medicare are primarily responsible for rapidly rising health-care costs, and that Medicare has made the medical system worse.
"You can't tell me the system is better now than it was before Medicare," he said.
Coburn agreed that some people received poor care - or no care - before Medicare was enacted in the 1960s, but said communities worked together to make sure most people received needed medical attention.
He also conceded that doctors and hospitals often went unpaid for their efforts, or accepted baked goods or chickens in partial payment.
Earlier, in Langley, Coburn partially deflected criticism of President Barack Obama - and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke - by blaming the country's financial woes on Congress. He described his colleagues as "a class of career elitists" and "cowards," and at one point, talking about his frustrations, said, "It's just a good thing I can't pack a gun on the Senate floor."
But Coburn also said most members of Congress are good people with good intentions.
Responding to a man in Langley who asked if Obama "wants to destroy America," Coburn said the president is "very bright" and loves his country but has a political philosophy that is "goofy and wrong."
Obama's "intent is not to destroy, his intent is to create dependency because it worked so well for him," he said.
"As an African-American male," Coburn said, Obama received "tremendous advantage from a lot of these programs."
Medicare responsible for rising health care costs? I guess the health insurance for profit, with its administrative costs and waste have nothing to do with it. And did doctors really have a jones for chickens before Medicare? Did they experiment on them, or what? I mean I've heard of chicken soup for the soul, but c'mon.
Hope that metal detector in the capitol is working. And isn't Coburn supposed to be a friend of Obama's? With friends like these . . . .
But there may be an explanation for this rather unhinged behavior.
Coburn spoke to large crowds in Claremore, Langley, Pryor and Muskogee on Tuesday, despite being somewhat under the weather.
Or off his meds.
Doctor, heal thyself.