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Town Hall Talk: Oklahoma Lawmakers Crisscross State

By Emily Kotecki
Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) zig-zagged across the state on Thursday holding a combined total of six town halls. Neither Lucas nor Coburn were met with much push-back, although Rep. Lucas told NewsOk that "the numbers of people attending his town hall meetings have swelled as more and more people want straight answers about government spending programs and plans to reform the nation's health care system."

Lucas told the crowd that he supported the reform proposals of Sen. Coburn to "provide a tax credit for Americans to buy health insurance policies."

Coburn, one of two physicians in the Senate, held two town halls, each with an average of 800 attendees. The Tulsa World reported that Coburn criticized the Senate Finance Committee, saying that the six-person panel "represents four-tenths of one percent of the population of this country.... We have placed in power to negotiate a compromise senators who have very little experience in this area."

Coburn also emphasized the necessity of a bipartisan bill, with help from the president, in order to avoid "[dividing] the nation."

Here's a rundown of some of Friday's upcoming town hall meetings
(all times local):

Boydton, Va. -- Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) meets with constituents at the Mecklenburg County School Board Office at 8:00 p.m.

Alva, Okl. -- Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) holds the first of three meetings with constituents in Alva at Northwest Oklahoma State University at noon.

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I get so tired of asking this. Maybe soon I'll even get an answer.

Why would Republicans, and the health insurance industry paying them all that lobby money, bus in protesters from out of area to protest against Republicans who are toeing the insurance company's line?

Posted by: alysheba_3 | August 21, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

alysheba_3 You seem to be under some kind of misunderstanding. The only ones busing in people are in shirts with Acorn or SIEU printed on the front. The rest are concerned citizens showing up to vent their frustration and anger at the out of control government.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | August 22, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Like H.L.Mencken, I have a deep distrust of the Town Hall meeting style of democracy. It is just the theater for the loudest voice.

Posted by: asalvadore | August 24, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Like H.L.Mencken, I have a deep distrust of the Town Hall meeting style of democracy. It is just the theater for the loudest voice.

Posted by: asalvadore | August 24, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

What oath did Sen. Coburn of Oklahoma swear to when he "graduated" from medical school?

Did he really graduate from medical school?

Has he even got a REAL Oath Certificate?

So Doc. Coburn, who has the best health insurance our tax money can buy, says turn to your neighbors.

OK, so what should this woman do? Maybe a bake sale, offer to clean your house, weed the garden, mow the yard in exchange for what? Just how wealthy are her neighbors and how many poor neighbors, with their own problems, would it take for this woman and her husband to get the care they need?

Why should we bother to pay taxes if the government is not there for us when we need it?

There's always plenty of money and Chineese credit for wars of convienience to keep the profiteers in clover.

Why has not a single member of Congress renounced THEIR health insurance as a mark of solidarity with the tea party people and those foolish enough to carry guns to public events?

If government sponsored health care isn't good enough for US, why is it good enough members of Congress, many of whom are very wealthy indeed?

Posted by: violadamore | August 24, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Newshour with Jim Leher had a great piece by Judy Woodworth and Gen X-
Guess what Oklahoma is doing for the future?
OSU- they are very thankful for Obama's Energy Plan
Coburn- C- Street Deacon
Does not have to speak about bribing Ensign's mistress-
I think this anti-democratic chosen one- Coburn-
Remember- C-Street leaders are the CHOSEN ONES!
I want Coburn to 'splain' a few things!
I want Coburn to 'splain' what Congressional Monies are spent overseas promoting Religious Cult type activities
We all know the Bible belt of OKLAHOMA!
Remember those God Fearing Bible Thumpers and what they did?
What does Coburn do for the American Indians?
What does Coburn do for those students at OSU-

Oklahoma plans to be top in WIND ENERGY!
Coburn- what do you think?

OSU is very thankful for President Obama's leadership?

Coburn- What does C- Street think their CHOSEN ONE- that would be you Coburn- of OSU and those students?

Oh- One more thing-Coburn was on C-Span one morning-

Guess what country he stated had the BEST HEALTHCARE in the WORLD?


One problem for this C-Street Chosen One= Switzerland has too much regulation on the Insurance companies.


Just like Banks and Private Investment Companies Coburn?

Splain to us Coburn- better yet

Instead of listening to more lies- just go to C-Span archives - and that H.E.L.P Markup committee.

Thank you Senator Whitehouse!

What a beautiful display of intelligence over C-Street idealogy that you so eloquently stated with this so-called Deacon of C-Street- The CHOSEN ONE!

Posted by: sasha2008 | August 25, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

As aformer Okie myself, I'm always wary of anything that Sen. Coburn says. He wanted to put doctors and pregnant mothers in jail if they sought or performed abortions, and many of his public statements are so extreme as to cast doubt on his judgment. I hope that he really listens to folks who are not brought to the meetings he holds by interests whose positions are set in stone prior to their appearance at his meetings.

Posted by: jonesbill75 | August 25, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Tom Coburn is one of only a few in Washington who is trying to hold the line on a runaway government. The people who are upside down in the tank for B.O. will rant and attack anyone who disagrees with the messiah or his policies. This neophyte couldn't run a cathouse and make a profit.

Posted by: allieoop1 | August 25, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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