Reid: Cancer-Stricken Sen. Coburn ‘In the Weeds’ on Obamacare
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has shrugged off cancer patient Sen. Tom Coburn’s concerns for Americans that the majority of cancer specialty centers in the United States are not covered by Obamacare.
Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said the Oklahoma Republican was “in the weeds” when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, according to the Washington Examiner.
Coburn, who is battling a recurrence of prostate cancer, lashed out on Tuesday at the coverage given to cancer victims under the Affordable Care Act.
“Nineteen of the cancer centers in this country, only five are covered under Obamacare,” he said, blaming the low payments under the Affordable Care Act for the problem.
“You know, it’s a market, and what they’ve done is they’ve priced it where these cancer centers, a lot of them, aren’t going to participate because they don’t get paid to cover the costs.”
Coburn, a medical doctor who plans to retire at the end of the year even though his term runs through 2016, revealed earlier this year that his cancer center would not cover him, but it has since changed its policy and accepted him as a patient.