09/13/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Coburn Backs "Death Panel" Rumor (VIDEO)

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) joined a growing chorus of Republicans who have endorsed claims that health care reform will lead to "death panels" for the elderly and disabled.

In an interview with KOTV, Coburn said that he disagreed with Obama's dismissal of fears that reform will "pull the plug on grandma."

Coburn said that he'd offered three amendments seeking an "absolute prohibition" on rationing care based on effectiveness research.

"Why would you not want an absolute prohibition? Because you ultimately plan to ration care," Coburn said. "Their plan is to control costs by limiting options."

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