AP-Health Care Overhaul (Tops)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele is
calling President Barack Obama's plan to overhaul the health care
In remarks at the National Press Club, Steele says the president
and several Democratic lawmakers are part of a "cabal" that wants
to implement government-run health care. He says the president is
conducting a risky experiment that will hurt the economy and force
millions to drop their current coverage.
He calls it a "colossal, closed health care system where
Washington decides." Obama has repeatedly said he does not favor a
government-run health care system.
Legislation that has gotten bogged down along its path through
the House envisions private insurance companies selling coverage in
competition with the government.
The GOP is planning TV ads attacking the president's proposal,
showing children who presumably would be burdened as adult
taxpayers with the cost of the health care overhaul.
Steele says President Barack Obama is playing with fire when it comes to a health care overhaul and is in too much of a hurry to implement the plan.