Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was ambushed by a local Democratic Party official on Friday at a Minor League Baseball tourism event in Appleton. The official demanded Walker explain his position on the American Health Care Act, and a heated argument ensued.
Thomas Nelson, the Outagamie County executive, approached Walker’s podium during the event and asked Walker to explain whether he would allow health insurers in the state to charge more money to people with pre-existing conditions applying for coverage, according to a report by WITI-TV.
Under the AHCA, which was recently approved by the U.S. House of Representatives, states would be allowed to apply to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a waiver that would let them be exempt from an Affordable Care Act provision that currently forbids health insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions higher rates than healthy people. States applying for waivers would have to establish high-risk pools giving health insurance access to people with pre-existing conditions to receive waiver approval.
Nelson, a Democrat, previously served in the state’s legislature.
"The plan is I'm going to wait for the Senate and the president do and we’ll see from there,” Walker said in response to Nelson’s question. “So, just to be clear, the county executive wants to take away from tourism and play a political stunt about a topic that has nothing to do with what we're talking about today. It's on an issue that was voted on in front of the House of Representatives, but is not even going forward in the Senate right now. We'll look at it when it goes to the United States Senate."
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The exchange between Walker and Nelson quickly escalated.
"If you want to play politics, you should run for office," Walker said to Nelson. "You want to run for governor? Run for governor."
Nelson claimed he asked the question because he rarely gets an opportunity to meet with the governor.
"This obviously has gotten under your skin, and I'm really sorry about that," Nelson said facetiously.