U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn finds mixed views at forum on health care

SUSAN SIMPSON Published: August 25, 2009

/> Cindy Lasher, 55, said before the event that she’s concerned about losing her employer-provided benefits.

"Our employers could eliminate or reduce our coverage if a national plan comes into being,” Lasher said. "We feel like things could be done that wouldn’t cost the taxpayers a lot of money.”

Tim O’Connor, president of the Central Oklahoma Labor Federation, says a government-run public option will drive down costs while providing more options for working Americans.

He said his brother has insurance through his employer but still had to pay a $1,500 deductible on a $1,800 procedure.

"That’s not health insurance,” he said.