GREEN BAY - Political reaction to the President's speech was predictablyalong party lines. Wisconsin's governor saying he's pleased thePresident's plan is being developed around proposals at leastconsidered in other states, including Wisconsin.
"We are now the state with the second highest percentage ofpeople with health insurance. So, we're doing some really goodthings here. But there is still this overriding all areas of thecountry that he was talking about that the costs are going up at arate much higher than inflation and that puts pressure on everyfamily in the state."
The Wisconsin plan, called Healthy Wisconsin, stalled in thelegislature two years ago before Democrats gained control of boththe Senate and Assembly.
Democrats also now control both the House and Senate inWashington and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, promised todaythat what the president wants for health care insurance coverage,the president will get.
"We told the president we'd have a bill by the end of July, thatit would be paid for, and that's the course of action that we arein. We will have a product that will meet the president's values,meet the needs of the American people, be paid for, and makeAmerica healthier."
However, Republicans, Like Janesville Representative Paul Ryan,say the program is being forced on them too fast.
"I think legislation to have the federal government take overthe management of our health care sector, which is 17 percent ofthe economy, with only 35 hours of debate between the House and theSenate is just not enough debate."
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