Rep. Tom Price Pushes Old Failed GOP Health Plan as 'New' Alternative to Obamacare (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) appeared on "Fox & Friends" today to tout his Republican alternative to Obamacare called the "Empowering Patients First Act."

Price boasted that his new plan does not allow the government to control health care, but puts the power back in the hands of patients and doctors.

However, Price's plan actually gives more power to the health insurance companies, was previously pitched back in 2008 by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) when he ran for president, and has already failed in Texas and California, noted The New York Times.

Price complained today that President Obama would not use this failed GOP plan to improve Obamacare, noted TalkingPointsMemo.com.

"We've actually called him," said Price (video below). "We've contacted the White House repeatedly, and silence. It's crickets."

"The fact of the matter is they don't want to have to talk about the quality of health care, accessibility of health care, affordability of health care," added Price. "What they want is the government to control health care."

Price's plan would allow health insurance companies to sell insurance plans across state lines, but he failed to mention that if someone wanted to sue that insurance company for not providing coverage, he or she would have to pay the costs of filing a lawsuit in whatever state the insurance company was based in.

According to MediaMatters.org, Price's plan that would leave millions without health insurance coverage won't stop the rise of health costs, but would allow insurance companies to discriminate against patients with pre-existing conditions.

"Fox & Friends" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck didn't question Rep. Price about his plan even when he claimed it "could save this country trillions of dollars."

Instead, Hasselbeck endorsed the failed plan.

"[We] have the support behind you on this in terms of what I've read so far," she said.

The Washington Post reported in 2009 about Price's plan:

But the plan won't work. In particular, its version of the health insurance exchanges will collapse pretty quickly. There's no individual mandate ensuring that the pool includes both healthy and sick individuals, no insurance market regulations stopping insurers from cherrypicking, and no risk adjustment rebalancing the scales when they do. In other words, this looks much like the reforms that collapsed in Texas, and in California. Price isn't learning from past policy mistakes, and so he means to repeat them.

Sources: The New York Times, The Washington Post, MediaMatters.org, TalkingPointsMemo.com