WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman cited a decision to delay treatment of his son’s broken arm as an example of the kind of choices Americans will face if Republicans’ repeal of the health care law shifts more out-of-pocket costs to consumers.

Rep. Bill Huizenga told Michigan news site MLive.com that he and his wife opted to put a splint on their son’s arm and wait until the next morning to take him to the doctor, rather than seek immediate but more costly treatment at an emergency room. Huizenga is an opponent of the Affordable Care Act and a supporter of tax-free health savings accounts.

“At some point or another we have to be responsible or have a part of the responsibility of what is going on,” Huizenga told MLive.com. A host of liberal websites blasted Huizenga, the father of five, after his remarks attracted notice on Monday.

Huizenga said he and his wife thought it was a sprain and splinted his son’s arm.

“We took every precaution and decided to go in the next morning,” Huizenga said.

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