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  1. patsfan13

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    This is one of the dumbest things I've seen in a long time.


    http://thehill.com/leading-the-news...-ethics-over-baby-deliveries-2008-07-28.html

    [/quote] Because of potential conflicts of interest, Senate rules prohibit members from receiving compensation for practicing a profession that involves a fiduciary relationship. Coburn’s work as an obstetrician has been a subject of interest for ethics panels in the Senate and the House when he was a representative.

    Sources said the fact that Muskogee is now a private hospital has renewed the ethics panel’s interest in Coburn’s work.

    In May, Coburn received a strongly worded “final determination” memo threatening him with a Senate censure if he did not stop delivering babies for free. The letter prompted several heated meetings between Coburn and the Ethics Committee in June over the matter, according to two knowledgeable Senate sources.

    Coburn spokesman John Hart agreed to discuss the issue only after The Hill contacted his office several times over the past two weeks. He called the Ethics panel’s logic “absurd” and its argument “inane.”
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    So a guy delivering babies for free is a crime????????????


    The dems are a joke.
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    Perhaps the rules need to be changed, but it's not clear he's doing his work for free. Should we allow lawyers to also do work for free?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28320-2005Apr5.html

    For nearly two decades, Senate rules have barred members from holding outside professional jobs, such as those as lawyers, real estate agents and physicians, for fear that such services -- and compensation for those services -- might conflict with their role as policymakers.

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    Sen. George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio), the ethics panel's chairman, and Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), its vice chairman, informed Coburn by letter that "it would not be possible, prudent or fair" for the panel to reconsider or reinterpret the rules, which have been in place since 1977.

    The original rules were written during the reform-minded period after the Watergate and South Korea influence peddling scandals when lawmakers were cracking down on their own conflicts of interest and other possible ethical lapses.

    The Senate committee did agree to Coburn's request, conveyed by J. Steven Hart, his attorney, to allow the senator to take nine months to close shop, enough time to see his pregnant patients to term.

    Coburn said that he will continue to treat patients until the end of the year, but, in line with the ethics panel's decision, will not take any payment from them after Sept. 30.
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    The article is from 2005 PAtters it is now 2008 and he is being harrassed for doing pro bono work helping pregnant women, if he were a dem doing abortions they would be giving him awards.
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    Oops, my mistake. In that case, it does seem like they should change the rules or at the very least look the other way.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2008

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