WASHINGTON (CNN) - Minutes before President Obama's address to the American Medical Association on Monday, Rep. Tom Price unveiled the GOP response, charging that the president's plan would take medical decisions out of the hands of doctors and patients.
"Where are medical decisions going to be made?" he asked reporters on a conference call.
There is little evidence veto power over medical decision-making has been an element of the current plans being discussed on Capitol Hill, but Price said that element would be a consequence, intended or not, of a new public option. "Any plan that results in a government takeover of any portion of it will push the crowd out, those in the plan who have personal private health insurance, into that government-run program," he said.