GOP Suggests Reform Would Deny GOP Patients Care

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 29, 2009 7:39 AM CDT
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele speaks at the 100th annual NAACP Convention in New York, Tuesday, July 14, 2009.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – The GOP has mailed a fundraising appeal suggesting Democrats might use an overhaul of the health care system to deny medical treatment to Republicans. A push-poll questionnaire accompanying the appeal says the government could check voting registration records, "prompting fears that GOP voters might be discriminated against for medical treatment in a Democrat-imposed health care rationing system." It asks rhetorically, "Does this possibility concern you?"

A spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee said the question was "inartfully worded." But she said people should worry because government officials would have access to personal financial and medical data. The survey is accompanied by a two-page letter signed by Michael Steele, NRC chairman. The letter accuses Democrats of "moving swiftly to bring European-style socialized medicine here."