The reaction struck along party lines, following President Obama’s Wednesday night speech before a joint session of Congress.

U.S. Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) praised the President for delivering a power message on the need to continue working towards reform. The La Crosse Democrat also agreed with Obama’s statements that any plan approved by Congress must be able to support itself.

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) applauded the President for trying to “confront the lies being spread by those who oppose all efforts at reform.”

In a statement, Republican Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) said “The President delivered an articulate speech, but his plan fails to fix what’s broken, and instead breaks what’s working.

U.S. Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) agreed with Obama’s resolve to move forward with health care legislation, but added that it’s important to also address the “out-of-control health costs” affecting every American family.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (MP3 1:00)

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