Democrats are choosing to "go it alone" without the country if they opt to pass healthcare reform on a party-lines basis, one Republican congressman accused Thursday.

"If they go it alone without the Republicans, it also sounds like they want to go it alone without the American people," Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told a conservative news radio program in an interview.

Democrats in Congress have mulled whether or not to seek to force through healthcare reform legislation containing a public (or "government-run") option using legislative techniques to bypass procedural rules.

"I think they'd better beware, because the American people do not want to be left out of this process," Cassidy warned.