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Sen. Coburn Pays Out-Of-Pocket To See Cancer Doctor

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, says the new insurance plan he purchased under the health law doesn't include his longstanding oncologist. He says he is paying out of pocket to see that doctor and is "doing well from a health standpoint."

The Washington Post: Did Sen. Coburn Lose His Cancer Doctor Because Of Obamacare? 
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has long been politically opposed to the Affordable Care Act. As recently as Monday, he offered a major repeal-and-replace plan. Now, he has a more personal grievance against Obamacare: Coburn, who is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, says he lost coverage for his oncologist when he purchased a plan on the new health exchange. “I’m doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs,” Coburn said Tuesday morning in an interview on MSNBC. “Fortunately, even though my new coverage won’t cover my specialist, I’m going to have great care, and I have a great prognosis” (Kliff, 1/28).

Politico: Obamacare: Tom Coburn Loses Cancer Doctor
Cancer-stricken Sen. Tom Coburn revealed Tuesday that his health insurance under Obamacare doesn’t cover his oncologist, but said he still is receiving excellent care. “I’m doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs,” Coburn said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday when asked about his health. “Fortunately — even though my new coverage won’t cover my specialist — I’m going to have great care, and I have a great prognosis” (Kopan, 1/28).

Fox News: Coburn Says ObamaCare Cost Him Coverage For Cancer Doctor
Republican Sen. Tom Coburn revealed Tuesday that his ObamaCare insurance plan does not cover his cancer specialist, forcing him to pay out of pocket -- in the latest reminder of complications with the health law as President Obama prepares to address the nation. The Oklahoma senator, who has been suffering from a recurrence of prostate cancer and plans to retire at the end of the current session, briefly discussed his personal situation in an interview Tuesday morning. "I'm doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs and fortunately, even though my new coverage won't cover my specialists, I'm going to have great care and I have a great prognosis," he said (1/28).

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