The Obama administration's plan to reform healthcare may result in the government deciding to let seniors die in order to bring down healthcare costs.

Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyOn The Money: Five takeaways from the July jobs report Stimulus checks debate now focuses on size, eligibility Pelosi huddles with chairmen on surprise billing but deal elusive MORE (R-Texas), the top House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee, said that Americans' fears about government influence on end-of-life treatment could be realized if the Democratically-crafted healthcare bill becomes law.

"I think in the end, their hope is that they cut out those end of life costs within the system," Brady said in an interview with a conservative news podcast.

"Are they going to say, 'Okay, you know, keeping you alive an extra four years just costs too much money'?" Brady worried. "If you have chronic diseases, a combination of them, will they decide that cost-benefit analysis is very low, so you don't qualify for that new medicine, or that new life-saving treatment."

Republicans have worried about government influence over healthcare if a reform proposal including a public (or "government-run") option becomes law. Brady was expressing concern over whether end-of-life care would be rationed under a new system.

"These are the fears that most Americans have about government running their healthcare, and right now, it looks like this plan very much sees those fears realized," Brady added.