"After calling for an end to government health care, Rep. Price runs away when asked if that includes Medicare."
On Thursday, the National Republican Campaign Committee worked alongside the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) to host a small rally opposing President Obama and his health care reforms. Earlier in the day, ThinkProgress caught up with a spokesman for AAPS, who explained that the group opposes any government involvement in health care and supports privatizing Medicare. Similarly, at the rally, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) — a card carrying member of the AAPS — promised the audience that “we will not rest until we make certain that government-run health care is ended.” Asked by ThinkProgress to explain if his pronouncement included the government-run program of Medicare, Price evaded:
Q: You said on the stage that you wanted to end government healthcare, do you support privatizing Medicare?
PRICE: What government-run medicine does is forces other individuals besides themselves and their families making medical decisions. [...]
Q: You said on the stage that you want to get rid of government-run healthcare, what’s the difference between Medicare and the public option?
PRICE: No what I support is allowing patients to make independent medical decisions.
Q: So you support government health care when it’s Medicare.
PRICE: What I support is patients making independent medical decisions.
Earlier this year, Price celebrated the 44th anniversary of Medicare by arguing that “nothing has had a greater negative effect on the delivery of health care than the federal government’s intrusion into medicine through Medicare.”