Coburn

South Tulsa Baptist Church

Former Oklahoma Republican senator and congressman Tom Coburn died in March of last year, but his memorial service was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finally being held on Saturday at South Tulsa Baptist Church.

"We talked for quite a while after Tom passed about when we were going to do this service, and after a while we kept waiting and waiting and finally decided we really wanted to do this when you could be here and you could be here in person," pastor Eric Costanzo told those in attendance inside the crowded sanctuary and those watching a livestream.

"The big problem I see in the practice of medicine today is [that] our payment scheme makes it where we violate the first rule of medicine, which is: Listen to your patient and they'll tell you what's wrong. And we don't allow anybody the time to do that anymore." So says our guest on this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican who's been the junior senator from Oklahoma since January of 2005.

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Oklahoma U.S. Senator Tom Coburn released a new oversight report, “Wastebook 2012” .  It highlights more than $18 billion in examples of some of, what he calls, the most egregious ways your taxpayer dollars were wasted in 2012. "The report highlights 100 of the year’s countless unnecessary, duplicative and low-priority projects spread throughout the federal government", Coburn said.