GOP: Obama 'fast and loose' with facts

Aug. 22, 2009 at 2:27 PM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is playing "fast and loose" with the facts in the healthcare reform debate, a Republican Party leader said Saturday.

Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., said during the weekly GOP radio address that the Democratic president "has said he'd like to stamp out some of the disinformation floating around out there. The problem is the president, himself, plays fast and loose with the facts."

Price, sounding familiar Republican criticisms of the Obama's proposals, said the measures under consideration in Congress would force Americans into "government-run" health policies that necessitate they abandon their current private plans.

"The plan being promoted by the White House would give Washington the power to make highly personal medical decisions on behalf of patients -- on behalf of you," Price said.

Saying the "most striking misinformation" from Obama is "there are only two options out there for America -- that it's his way or the highway," Price touted a "third way" the GOP says will "increase coverage and lower costs without putting a bureaucrat between you and your doctor."

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