WATCH: Governor, Outagamie Co. Executive get into spat over health care

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The governor was in Appleton to promote state tourism at the site of the future Fox Cities Exhibition Center.

Walker was just approaching reporters after speaking at the construction site when Nelson stepped in.

As he shook hands with the county executive, Nelson brought up the Republican health care bill, saying 300,000 people in Northeast Wisconsin could lose their insurance if the American Health Care Act becomes law.

Video shows Nelson raised the issue while shaking hands with the governor, and began by speaking into the governor's ear.

The governor replies, "If you want to have a press conference, go ahead. He'll have a press conference. No, no. If the county executive wants to have a press conference on something else, you can talk to him later, but if you want to steal away from tourism you can do that."

Nelson interjects, "No, no. This is a big deal. Three-hundred thousand people in Northeast Wisconsin."

"If you want to run for Congress, you had your chance," the governor replies, repeating it seven times during their exchange.

Nelson ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year. He lost to Republican Mike Gallagher.

Rep. Gallagher voted in favor of the American Health Care Act, which passed by four votes Thursday, 217-213.

"It's not in front of us right now. It's not in front of this stage," the governor says. "The plan is, I'm going to wait for what the Senate and the President do and see from there."

Earlier Friday, Gov. Walker said he would consider seeking a waiver under the Republicans' American Health Care Act that lets insurance companies charge people more if they have pre-existing conditions.

States that receive waivers would receive federal funds for high-risk insurance pools to help temper the cost of insurance for patients who qualify, and Gov. Walker says Wisconsin has handled high-risk pools successfully in the past.

The governor refused federal funds to expand Medicaid offered under the Affordable Care Act.

Nelson continues, "Just to be clear, 300,000."

"Just so we're clear folks," the governor says to the surrounding media, "just to be clear, the county executive wants to take away from tourism right now and play a political stunt."

"No."

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