Sen. Coburn Predicts The End Of Private Health Insurance

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) — a vocal opponent of health care reform — made several apocalyptic predictions about the U.S. health care system during an appearance at the Republican Women’s Club of Tulsa County on Tuesday:

“There will be no insurance industry left in three years,” Coburn told the Republican Women’s Club of Tulsa County.

“That is by design. You’re going to make insurance unaffordable for everyone — which is what they want. Because if there’s no private insurance left, what’s left? Government-centered, government-run, single-payer health care.”

Coburn apparently based his prediction on reported hikes in private insurance premiums, increases he attributed to the new law. […]

Coburn, facing re-election on Nov. 2, said it will be “the beginning of the end of America” if the reform bill’s so-called individual mandate is not revoked or thrown out by the courts.

Coburn is no stranger to bizarre comments about reform. During a town hall in September, Coburn said that Democrats were hoping that the law would fail. “I believe,” he told his audience, “the plan is for this plan to fail. In fact, I know this plan will fail.” Coburn also indirectly suggested that he wished that ailing Sen. Robert Byrd couldn’t cast his vote (“What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight”), warned seniors that if health care reform is implemented they would “die sooner” and said he would go to jail to protect the conscience clause.