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Wisconsin delegation reacts to health care reform vote

Wisconsin Dems are hailing passage of health care reform in the House as a historic reform that will spread coverage to all Americans, while Republicans are denouncing it as a government takeover.

Wisconsin's House delegation split along party lines last night with all five Dems voting for the bill and all three Republicans opposed.

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind said this morning he was undecided about the health care reform package until Saturday morning. But after striking a deal with House leadership and the White House on reform to the Medicare reimbursement system, the La Crosse Democrat said he was proud to support the legislation.

"(Wisconsin health providers) are some of the highest quality providers in the nation, and they have some of the lowest Medicare reimbursement rates in the nation," Kind said in a conference call with reporters this morning. "We are fixing that in this bill."

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, denounced the plan during a speech on the floor last night.

"The government-knows-best philosophy advanced on the floor by the majority today is paternalistic, arrogant, and at odds with our nation's unique character," Ryan said. "We are fast approaching a tipping point in which more Americans depend on the government than on themselves for their livelihoods -- a point where, we, the American people trade in our commitment and concern for our individual liberties in exchange for government benefits."

U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac, voted against the bill even though it included an overhaul to the student loan system that he has spent the better part of the past three decades fighting to pass.

Petri made no mention of its inclusion in his statement criticizing the legislation.

"Instead of getting everybody into the old, dysfunctional system and then figuring out how to pay for it, we should emphasize advances in efficiency so that more people will be able to afford their health care, and the government will be better able to take care of the rest," Petri said.

See statements from the Wisconsin delegation:
- U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville
- U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison
- U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse
- U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee
- U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls
- U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac
- U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wausau
- U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Appleton

See more reaction to the health care reform vote on the WisPolitics press release page.


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