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Sen. Tom Coburn says federal seasonal and temporary workers were included on rosters — thereby sidestepping Obamacare penalties. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Dec. 17, 2013, file photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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“The problems at the VA are worse than anyone imagined,” says Sen. Tom Coburn, who released a scathing report of health care centers. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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A GAO report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn found the Pentagon pays more for prescription drugs than does either Medicare or Medicaid. (Associated press)

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A GAO report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn found the Pentagon pays more for prescription drugs than does either Medicare or Medicaid. (Associated press)

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U.S. Rep James Lankford, left, speaks to his supporters at his watch party in Oklahoma City, as his daughters, Jordan, second from left, 14, Hannah, right, 17, and his wife Cindy, stand near, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Two-term U.S. Rep. James Lankford was able to get the more than 50 percent of the vote necessary to win the GOP nomination for U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's seat. Coburn announced in January that he was foregoing his final two years in office after a recurrence of cancer. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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“The problems at the VA are worse than anyone imagined,” says Sen. Tom Coburn, who released a scathing report of health care centers. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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** FILE ** In this Dec. 17, 2013, file photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), pictured, at a press conference with Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and Sen. Jeff Flake, (R-Ariz.) on Capitol Hill to introduce the Veterans Choice Act, which would provide veterans "with greater flexibility and choice in health care providers and increasing accountability and transparency at the VA, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill to introduce the Veterans Choice Act, which would provide veterans "with greater flexibility and choice in health care providers and increasing accountability and transparency at the VA, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013 file photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a longtime deficit hawk, outlines his annual Wastebook, which points a critical finger at billions of dollars in questionable government spending during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn says he plans to finish the current year in office and resign his seat nearly two years before his term is scheduled to end. The 66-year-old Coburn released a statement late Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 saying he would give up his seat at the end of the current session of Congress, scheduled to end in January 2015.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's nominee to become Health and Human Services Secretary, center, is greeted by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican. Sen. Coburn described her as "competent." (Associated Press)

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's nominee to become Health and Human Services Secretary, center, is greeted by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican. Sen. Coburn described her as "competent." (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Dec. 17, 2013, file photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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** FILE ** In this Dec. 17, 2013, file photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013 file photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a longtime deficit hawk, outlines his annual Wastebook, which points a critical finger at billions of dollars in questionable government spending during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn says he plans to finish the current year in office and resign his seat nearly two years before his term is scheduled to end. The 66-year-old Coburn released a statement late Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 saying he would give up his seat at the end of the current session of Congress, scheduled to end in January 2015.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Sen. Tom Coburn (left) says opening up coverage to more veterans could lead to longer wait times for injured and low-income veterans already receiving care, and Sen. Richard Burr (right) is arguing against using spending from the Afghanistan War to pay for additional spending. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, called for the review of Stanley Thornton Jr.'s Social Security disability payments after Mr. Thornton, who lives part of his life as an "adult baby," demonstrated woodworking skills on the National Geographic channel television show "Taboo." (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, stands with Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., after giving him a rifle, on stage at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Thursday marks the first day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. Lloyd Villas/The Washington Times

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Dr. George Will, left, David Keene, center, and Sen. Tom Coburn at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Lloyd Villas/The Washington Times