Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Another wrong tune about Obama's health plan

Coburn and Obama have worked together on ethics bills. They're not so close on health policy.
Coburn and Obama have worked together on ethics bills. They're not so close on health policy.

When Sen. Tom Coburn said that under President Obama, "all the health care in this country is eventually going to be run by the government," it was like a golden oldie PolitiFact has heard many times before.

During the campaign, we heard the same tune from vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin , who said Obama was calling for a "government-run plan;" Mitt Romney , who said Obama "wants the government to take over health care;" and Rudy Giuliani , who called Hillary Clinton's similar plan "socialized medicine." (We rated their statements Barely True , Barely True and False .)

"Remember, under the Obama plan . . . all the health care in this country is eventually going to be run by the government," Coburn said in an interview on Fox News on March 4, 2009.

"So it's part of an incremental creep towards eliminating any objection, both as us as taxpayers and then individual physicians in terms of not complying with a government-run bureaucracy," he added.

We found his claim False. You can find our full report here.