Michael Steele: A Public Health Care Option Is "Socialist" (VIDEO)

11/09/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

With President Obama set to give a major speech on health care reform tonight to a joint session of Congress, Republicans have sought to push back against any inclusion of the public option, a top priority among Democrats and the progressive community.

RNC chairman Michael Steele appeared on CBS' "Early Show" and firmly told host Harry Smith that he believed a public option was "socialist." However, Smith pointed out that Medicare is a government program, and an extremely popular one, and if a public option is "socialist" then what does Steele consider Medicare to be. The RNC chairman dodged the question.

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