GOP Hits President Obama’s Health Plan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Foes of President Barack Obama's health care reform plans are again voicing their concerns, even as he dismisses them as "naysayers."

In a pre-emptive strike before the president's speech to the American Medical Association today in Chicago, Republican Congressman Tom Price said the president is seeking a government takeover of health care.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call organized by the Republican National Committee, the former orthopedic surgeon said a committee that the administration has formed to study the effectiveness of treatments would turn into a "rationing board" to overrule doctors and deny care.

Republicans have introduced legislation to ban such rationing.

In President Obama's speech, which was interrupted several times by cheers and applause, he did earn a smattering of boos when he said he opposes limits on malpractice awards.

The president said for the first time publicly that health care reform, including covering the almost 50 million Americans who have no insurance, would cost about $1 trillion over 10 years.

He says the cost of a status quo system that doesn't work would cost even more.

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