Healthcare is a privilege, not a right, Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) said Thursday, while arguing that President Obama's healthcare plan is a "major step toward socialism."

"This is almost class warfare for him in order to be able to say 'everyone now has healthcare,'" Wamp said today on MSNBC. "Healthcare is a privilege...for everyone, frankly, it's not necessarily a right."

Wamp, a rumored candidate for governor of Tennessee in 2010, harshly criticized the administration's proposed healthcare reform package and its price tag.

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"It's probably the next major step toward socialism," he alleged. "I hate to sound so harsh, but this is another at least trillion-dollar proposal."

"This literally is a fast march toward socialism, where the government is bigger than the private sector in our country, and healthcare is the next major step," Wamp added. "Just because Republicans made a lot of mistakes doesn't mean it's okay for Democrats to make those same mistakes times five or times ten."

Yesterday, Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) similarly criticized the Obama administration's economic plans, characterizing them as aiding a slide toward a dystopian society as depicted in the novel "Atlas Shrugged."