GOP ‘Senate Doctors’ Group Launches Web Broadcast

This afternoon, catch the very first broadcast of the twice-weekly “Senate Doctors” show, part of a growing GOP effort to increase outreach and inform Americans about alternatives to the agenda being put forth by President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party as the nation hurtles toward an intense debate over health care reform in America. The group is comprised of several Republican medical doctors currently serving in the U.S. Senate.

From the Senate Doctors’ press release:

WASHINGTON – Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced today a new, live, online show – “Senate Doctors ” – broadcasting here every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. The first show will air tomorrow, Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.

Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) – an orthopedic trauma surgeon and former President of the Wyoming Medical Society – and Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) – a family practice physician specializing in obstetrics – will be regular hosts, with guests making appearances. The show will focus on policy discussions, with constituents sharing their questions, stories, concerns, and comments about health care proposals being debated in Congress.

Barrasso said, “We all agree that health care needs reform. Having practiced medicine for over two decades in Wyoming, I know that the devil is in the details. Doing nothing is simply not an option. We must be careful, we must be thoughtful, and we must be deliberate about the changes we make. Health care is a very complex and intensely personal issue. It deserves a serious, open, and transparent national debate. ‘Senate Doctors’ will allow more Americans to participate in that discussion.”

Coburn said, “As a practicing physician, I know that the doctor patient relationship is at the heart of medicine. Unfortunately, some in the Senate want to severe that relationship and put unaccountable and unqualified politicians and government bureaucrats in charge of medicine. Having a government board dictate medical treatments based on abstract economic data – not medical knowledge, or years of experience – is wrong for Americans and my patients. Republicans are committed to making health care more affordable while letting doctors and patients call the shots.”

For more information, to submit questions and comments, or to tune in, visit Viewers can send questions and comments via e-mail, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter from this site. Barrasso and Coburn will respond to a sampling of questions in future episodes.

Good things are coming, friends and neighbors. Each morning, we’re awakening to worsening popularity numbers for this hyped-up president and his administration, and we’re seeing new efforts by Republicans in the House and Senate to once again embrace core Jeffersonian values and articulate those principles to an American people clamoring for competence and real leadership in Washington.

I hate to keep harping upon the merits of constructive obstructionism, but that’s what we’re really starting to see more and more of from Republicans on Capitol Hill. The tide is turning, I think, and if we keep our momentum and come together even more behind the principles of smaller government, I think 2010 could shape up to be a very good year.

In the meantime, I hope to check out this first broadcast. I’m curious, above all, to see what they are capable of. They seem to be framing it like a talk show, touting guests and such who will come on for interviews. It makes me wonder — will Tom Coburn come out and deliver an opening monologue? Are there any musicians in the GOP ranks that could serve as band leader?

Regardless, I’d like to do what I can to contribute. Here’s my idea for the first Top Ten List:

Top Ten Most Frequent Doctor-Provided Diagnoses and Solutions Under Government-Run ObamaCare

10. “Take two government-provided aspirin and call me in six months.”

9. “It hurts when you do that? Well, don’t do that.”

8. “It’ll be $3000 extra if you want me to use the scalpel. The soup spoon is free.”

7. “Where does it itch, Mr. Clinton?”

6. “No habla Ingles.”

5. “Just rub some funk on it.”

4. “Pregnant? Not a chance. I think you should just lay off the Cheetos.”

3. “I’m sorry, sir, but the tumor is inoperable. At this point, it might just be best to enjoy your time with family and make your peace with Obama.”

2. “No, congressman, your private hospital is down the block.”

1. “Cancer? No, ma’am — I’m a Capricorn.”



  1. Celia in TX says:

    this episode is now on YouTube

  2. Gail B says:

    Thank goodness!

    As Mel Tillis told his dog in the movie Smokey and the Bandit, "Hold onto your a$$,Fred!" (The government ain't gonna sew it back on.)

  3. Gail B says:

    One more face lift for San Fran Nan and she won't know whether to feed her mouth or her naval.

  4. Chuck in San Diego says:

    Set the scene:
    It is now 2011, the Obama Health Care plan is in full swing. The Cap & Trade legislation has passed by a narrow margin – every aspect of society is feeling the effects. EVERYONE is trying to cut costs by going "green".

    We now look in on a sad day of an elderly couple. The wife who has suspected that she has a brain tumor, has waited the almost six month mandated government health care wait list to get a scheduled speciality appointment for detailed tests…but three days before her appointment these events occur….

    The husband rushes into the Emergency Room carrying his wife, screaming for help.
    A doctor rushes him back to an examination room and has him put his wife on the bed.
    The doctor examines the woman's still, limp body and after a few moments, tells the man that his wife, regrettably, is dead.
    The man, clearly agitated and not willing to accept this, demands a second opinion.
    The doctor goes into the back room and comes out with a cat and puts the cat down next to the woman's body.
    The cat sniffs the body, walks from head to toe, poking and sniffing the woman's body and finally looks at the doctor and meows.
    The doctor looks at the man and says, "I'm sorry, but the cat thinks that your wife is dead, too."
    The man is still unwilling to accept that his wife is dead.
    So, the doctor brings in a black Labrador.
    The lab sniffs the body, walks from head to toe, and finally looks at the doctor and barks.
    The doctor looks at the man and says, "I'm sorry, but the lab thinks your wife is dead too."
    The man, finally resigned to the diagnosis, thanks the doctor and asks what just happened. He had not seen any such bizare procedures performed before.
    The doctor answers, "These are the new government procedures mandated by Congress."
    "What?" exclaims the man. "A cat and a dog to pronounce my wife had died!?!?"
    "Well," the doctor replies, "If you would have accepted my initial diagnosis, I wouldn't have had to order the government mandated cat scan and lab tests."

  5. Chuck in San Diego says:

    A lot is being said about the direct "health care" affects of Obama's plans. But what about the pharmacutical companies and their lobbies?

    Interesting reading about how the drug companies have Congress under their thumb.

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