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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senators and doctors Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and John Barrasso, M.D. (R-WY) today released a new report entitled, “Prognosis: Outlook Not So Good” chronicling the scope of Obamacare’s failures and challenges.  The report also details what the senators and doctors got right and wrong about predictions they made in three previous oversight reports.  

“For millions of Americans, Obamacare itself has become a pre-existing condition that has limited their access to quality, affordable health care.  As we warned in our previous reports, Obamacare is fundamentally flawed.  The law strengthens the hand of government and weakens the hand of doctors and patients.  Obamacare is cutting choices, not costs, and costs will likely continue to rise,” Dr. Coburn said.

“As doctors, we know that Americans should be in charge of their own healthcare decisions - not Washington.  Over the past four years, we’ve highlighted the negative side effects of the healthcare law for patients, providers and taxpayers,” said Barrasso.  “Our new report confirms again exactly how Americans across the country are losing their insurance plan, watching their costs increase, and paying higher taxes.  It’s time to repeal this law and replace it with step by step reform that focuses on care instead of coverage.”

The report shows Coburn and Barrasso correctly predicted, among other things, that:

  • millions of Americans would lose their health insurance plans
  • the “employer mandate” would lower incomes and result in hundreds of thousands of jobs being lost
  • the law’s new mandates would increase health costs for individuals and families



Date Title
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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