Dr. No is at it again, and he is being blasted from various groups for sticking with his principles. But this time, it is for the last time as senator.
Sen. Tom Coburn, in his final lame-duck session before he retires, has blocked a bill that could save the lives of thousands of veterans, according to a story on PostBulletin.com, as well as a bill that some say would restore the terrorism insurance market, according to USA Today.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, said the first bill would ensure that programs to prevent veterans suicides would work as expected, while Coburn objected, stating that the bill would not work as expected and would duplicate programs that already exist. He also said that instead of spending the $22 million required in the bill, we should hold the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accountable for frequently failing to serve veterans, according to the report. The VA estimate that 22 veterans take their own lives every day.
The second bill would have provided a government-backed payout to insurance companies in light of another terrorist attack. The terrorism insurance program was initiated in 2002 after the market tanked because of the 9/11 attacks.
Coburn said the program has made the [insurance] industry $40 billion in the last 12 years while taxpayers take the majority of the risk and the insurance industry makes all the money.
Regardless of what you might think of him, it is going to be less fun and (possibly less) morally confounding with Coburn in office.