Healthcare Policy and Priorities
Tom Coburn’s background as both a physician and former Senator and Congressman gives him a unique perspective on healthcare policy and the real-world priorities of Americans and healthcare providers. A fiscal conservative, Coburn offers his perspective on the challenges facing providers, consumers and the Congress in dealing with issues like unfunded liabilities, the overall cost of healthcare, compliance and regulatory issues, and staffing demands in the healthcare industry.
The Debt Bomb: Fixing Washington and the American Economy
During his time in Congress, Tom Coburn established himself as an unprecedented force in tackling wasteful government spending, and spearheaded reform of the federal budget. As the Washington Times wrote, “Plenty of lawmakers talk about rooting out government waste, but Mr. Coburn makes a cause of it,” particularly with the release of an annual “Wastebook,” a report detailing all the ways in which government was squandering money. In this powerful speech, Coburn details the ways in which government spending is crippling the American economy—and how we can fix it before it’s too late.
Our Constitutional Principles: Guiding America in the 21st Century
Tom Coburn is a firm believer in a modern America that stays true to the Constitutional Principles upon which it was founded—a country with a limited federal government and respect for individual liberty. While in Congress, he successfully challenged the broken culture of Washington; offering more amendments than any other senator to end waste and protect personal freedom. His dedication to this cause extends beyond his own political career: no longer in Congress, he is actively involved in organizing a convention of the states. In this passionate speech, Coburn details how he believes our country has strayed from its path—and what it’ll take to get America back on track.
Speaker Spotlight: Tom Coburn
A longtime Senator (R-OK) (2005-15) and Congressman (R-OK) (1995-2001), and renowned physician, Dr. Coburn challenges the broken partisan culture of Washington. When audiences hear him speak, they hear what The Week calls "authentic, adult conservatism." Serving as an antidote to the bitterly divisive and uncertain political environment, Dr. Coburn provides level-headed, thoughtful and practical solutions to reduce wasteful Washington spending, increase accountability and transparency for all taxpayers, restore Constitutional government, and make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Americans. At recent events, he's received rave reviews such as: "Sen. Coburn was awesome and the reviews have been great" (College of American Pathologists).
Described by newspapers as a budget hawk, junior Senator from Oklahoma and medical doctor Tom A. Coburn led the fight to reduce wasteful Washington spending, increase accountability and transparency for all taxpayers, restore Constitutional government, and make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Americans.
During his tenure he also fought for the sanctity of life and private property rights. Sen. Coburn successfully challenged the broken culture of Washington; offering more amendments than any other senator to end waste and protect liberties.
From 1995-2001, Dr. Coburn represented Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was the first Republican to hold that seat for consecutive terms. He played a central role in Medicare and healthcare debates. After a short time in the House, Dr. Coburn kept his word to serve no more than six years and returned full-time to his medical practice in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
From 1970-78, Dr. Coburn was the manufacturing manager at the Ophthalmic Division of Coburn Optical Industries in Colonial Heights, Virginia, growing the division from 13 employees to more than 350 and capturing 35% of the U.S. market. After the family business was sold, Coburn returned to school to become a physician, attending the University of Oklahoma’s Medical School and graduating with his M.D. Dr. Coburn returned to Muskogee in 1983 to practice family medicine, allergy, and obstetrics. Dr. Coburn has personally delivered more than 4,000 babies.
Dr. Coburn and his wife Carolyn have three children and seven grandchildren.