A new web released by the committee video shows a telephone display screen with a vital sign graphic across it.
An automated operator answers:
"You have reached the United States federal government healthcare plan. You're approximate hold time is 35 hrs, and 26 min. The next available surgical appointment is August 14, 2011. If you'd like to be assigned a government-approved doctor at random, please press 1."
And so on and so forth.
Democrats, of course, refer to it as the "public option," but the RNC is attempting to re-brand the concept with the federal government's imprimatur.
Obama and Democrats have tried to ward off this kind of attacks by emphasizing that the public plan is optional. Whenever Obama speaks publicly about healthcare, he repeats that Americans who are happy with their current plan can stay put.