Press Room

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –In a parody playing on the Medicare handbook that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) publishes each year that gives seniors information about changes to the program, U.S. Senators and doctors Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and John Barrasso, M.D. (R-WY) released their own “Medicare and You 2012” handbook that provides a doctors’ perspective about the real challenges facing the Medicare program under President Obama’s health care law.

“Now more than ever, seniors need to be reassured and reaffirmed in the decisions they make regarding their health care plan. However, when they are only given one set of bureaucratic guidelines that are supposed to direct these critical decisions they are not being given the whole story about some of the big challenges Medicare faces under President Obama’s health care law,” said Dr. Coburn. “The truth is that the Medicare program is in worse financial shape than most people know and we have to act now to save it, while there is still time”.

“As doctors, we understand how important Medicare is to America’s seniors and their families. We are committed to preserving the current program and strengthening it for future generations,” said Dr. Barrasso. “Washington isn’t leveling with seniors about their Medicare coverage or benefits. If CMS won’t explain how the President’s health care law weakens seniors care, we will. Our report clearly details how the Obama Administration has gutted Medicare and given unelected bureaucrats more power over important care decisions. We will continue to highlight the facts about the future of Medicare under this Administration.”

Key points addressed to seniors:

• Your Medicare program was cut $530 billion by President Obama’s controversial health law, and used for brand new programs for someone else

• Your Medicare Advantage choices reduced

• New unelected Medicare czars who will cut payments to health care providers

• Medicare’s shaky financial future

Read the full report: here.


Date Title
12/16/14 Dr. Coburn on Tax Extenders: Washington’s Christmas Tree For Special Interests
12/16/14 Dr. Coburn's Statement on Protecting Veterans and Taxpayers
12/16/14 Senators Baldwin and Coburn Applaud Commitment to Enhance Access to HIV Drugs in Developing Countries
12/16/14 Coburn Introduces Bill to Protect and Strengthen the Social Security Disability Insurance Program
12/9/14 Coburn Releases Report Decoding the Tax Code
Date Title
11/18/14 Reps. Issa, Gingrey, and Sen. Coburn: GAO Study Finds Government’s Data Quality for Official Time is Unreliable
11/10/14 Value of Terrorism Prevention Centers Remains Unproven
Date Title
10/30/14 Wastebook 2014 Videos
10/29/14 Coburn “Concerned” With White House Reaction to Cyber Breach
10/22/14 Wastebook 2014: What Washington doesn't want you to read.
10/1/14 New Report Details Millions Spent on Unnecessary Transport of Surplus Vehicles From Afghanistan
Date Title
9/26/14 GAO: Federal Government Underreports Data Center Cost Savings by Billions
9/23/14 Statement by Senator Tom Coburn on the Recent Washington Post Story about the Department of Homeland Security
9/22/14 GAO: Long-term Viability of DHS Consolidation in Question
9/22/14 Bipartisan Bill to Consolidate Federal IT Infrastructure, Save Up to $3 Billion Passes Senate
9/19/14 Senate Approves Carper, Coburn Legislation to Curb Improper Payments to Deceased Individuals
9/19/14 Bipartisan Legislation Would Require State Representation on Federal Banking Board
9/9/14 Reducing Insurance Subsidies for Wealthy Farmers Could Save Hundreds of Millions Annually
Date Title
8/29/14 New Health Benefit For Temporary Federal Employees May Violate Federal Law
8/28/14 Oklahoma Delegation Responds to Obama Administration’s Failure to Grant ESEA Extension
8/13/14 GAO Report Confirms Need for Additional Oversight of Medicare Claims Reviews
8/12/14 Over 600 Illegal Immigrants with Prior Criminal Convictions Released into the U.S.
8/10/14 Big Banks Claim Millions of Dollars in Tax Credits Intended For Poor Communities
8/8/14 Members Call on OMB Director to Address Concerns of Inspectors General
8/4/14 GAO: $619 Billion in Government Spending Never Disclosed on Transparency Website