Congressman Mike Gallagher utters the word "transparency" often, but in the immediate wake of his vote to kick off millions of Americans from their health insurance, Rep. Gallagher has been playing a game of hide-and-seek with the Wisconsin media. 

Rep. Gallagher issued a lengthy statement after his vote, claiming to be committed "to protecting those with preexisting conditions," but Gallagher declined to explain his vote for a bill that could price his own constituents with pre-existing conditions out of health insurance. 



"Rep. Gallagher is bold enough to vote to kick his own constituents off their health care coverage, but won't face them in public and explain himself. That's not the kind of Representation the people of the 8th Congressional District deserve," Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby said on Friday. "Gallagher can't keep hiding from the press or the public. He must explain himself to the families in his district who fear the possibility of being kicked off their health insurance plans."