Coburn says O-Care cost him his cancer specialist

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Tuesday he lost his cancer specialist after signing up for ObamaCare.

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“I’m doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs,” Coburn said on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe." “Fortunately, even though my new coverage won’t cover my specialist, I’m going to have great care, and I have a great prognosis.”

Coburn’s office did not return a request for comment.

The Oklahoma senator has been battling a recurrence of prostate cancer and plans to resign at the end of the year, forgoing his final two years in office. Like all members of Congress, Coburn now receives his federal health coverage through the D.C. ObamaCare exchange.

Republicans have long warned ObamaCare would create narrower insurance networks that prevent consumers from being able to keep the doctors they had before the law was passed.

Coburn, a doctor by trade, has been one of the few in the GOP to offer up conservative alternatives to ObamaCare.

On Monday, Coburn and Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah) released a legislative blueprint for an ObamaCare alternative that abolishes the law’s federal mandates in favor of a voluntary system led by the states.

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