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Republican Critical Of Celebration Over Health Care

| by Jordan Smith

A Republican member of Congress has taken issue with the behavior of some of his party colleagues after they celebrated the passage of the American Health Care Act at the White House.

Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin described their actions as "irresponsible," according to CNN.

Gallagher made the comments on a local radio show in Wisconsin.

"The Democrats were singing on the House floor, singing on the House floor after the vote," said Gallagher. "They were celebrating the vote going forward because they feel like it allowed them to get an electoral advantage and, honestly, the Republicans who went to celebrate at the White House -- I disagree with that approach."

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Democrats have gone on the offensive since the passage of the bill, launching 15-second web ads in several Republican-held districts that are seen as at-risk in the 2018 midterm elections.

The Democrats' ads include material from Fox News, with a daytime host stating the AHCA will make coverage "more expensive for people ages 50 to 64," according to The Washington Post.

But Republican House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin believes the AHCA will improve services for the most vulnerable with its changes to Medicaid.

"You've got to remember, Medicaid is a program that is administered by the states, but micromanaged by the federal government, and not very well. More and more doctors are refusing to even accept people with Medicaid. And so we want to give the states the ability to customize the Medicaid program to work for their particular states," Ryan said, reports The Washington Post.

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Critics of this position point out that the Republican bill would remove $880 billion in Medicaid funding.

Gallagher expressed concern that  Republicans were celebrating prematurely.

"What are we celebrating? We haven't passed a bill into law. The Senate's gonna re-write this thing. I've never seen the Packers pop the champagne at halftime. I just think that's irresponsible. And so I just would urge both sides to just lay down the traditional kind of political weapons if we can because this is a really complex topic and we need serious people working together to fix it," added Gallagher, CNN reported.

He went on to caution against remarks made by President Trump, who praised Australia's health care system to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Australia operates a universal health care system.

"I think for one, they're taking a look at the House bill and they're seeing where they can fix it and improve and so I'm not sure how much the president's statements are impacting that process," said Gallagher, referring to the Senate. "I would be surprised if they're impacting them at all. But it's not helpful to suggest, you know, that we wanna get a single payer system."

Sources: CNN, The Washington Post (2) / Photo credit: Vice President Pence/Wikimedia Commons

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