Coburn pens op-ed for LGBT mag pushing against health reform

Sen. Coburn took to the website of a national gay and lesbian newsmagazine to make the case against health reform proposals before Congress.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) penned an op-ed for the online version of the LGBT magazine The Advocate, which was posted Monday and co-authored by Christopher Barron, the chairman of GOProud, an organization for gay conservatives.

"We can and should work to make sure that every man, woman, and child in this country has access to quality, affordable health care," the pair wrote. "The good news is that we can do this. We can do it without creating an inefficient and expensive government program and we can do it in such a way that empowers individuals to take control of their own health care."

Coburn, who is a physician, and Barron referenced the example of rationing of certain critical AIDS treatments funded by the government as an example of why the public (or "government-run") option currently contained in House and Senate health proposals would be detrimental.

"These bureaucratic inefficiencies and mismanagement have literally cost lives," they wrote.

Taking to The Advocate's website marks an interesting approach for Coburn, as well, who is an especially conservative Republican in Congress. His chief of staff, Michael Schwartz, also came under fire last month for having likened all pornography to "homosexual pornography."