Sign-ups are one thing; if they actually paid the bill is something else entirely.
Georgia insurers received more than 220,000 applications for health coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s exchange as of the official federal deadline of March 31, state officials said Wednesday.
Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, though, said premiums have been received for only 107,581 of those policies, which cover 149,465 people.
“Many Georgians completed the application process by the deadline, but have yet to pay for the coverage,” Hudgens said in a statement Wednesday.
March 31 was the official deadline for individuals to get insurance coverage or face a financial penalty under the ACA. Yet because of the deluge of last-minute shoppers, federal officials relaxed the rules for those who reported having trouble with the exchange, and gave them into this week to sign up.
(H/T Jim Geraghty)
People, I give you Madison Rep. Brett Hulsey…Candidate for Governor.
Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) cleared up months of speculation about his political future in emphatic fashion Monday morning, announcing he will challenge Mary Burke for the Democratic nomination for Governor.
“I am getting a great reception for my Get Wisconsin Working Again Plan as I travel the state,” Rep. Hulsey noted. “People want a real plan to get back to work, not more divisive politics.”
Rep. Hulsey says that plan allocates $2.1 billion to create clean energy jobs, increase job training, provide investments for public schools, the UW system and technical college investments.
“Gov. Walker’s Reign of Error has made Wisconsin 2nd in the nation in losing jobs. We have to turn the state around to create a better future for our children and neighbors,” said Rep. Hulsey.
The announcement comes after a tumultuous couple of years for Rep. Hulsey, which saw him plea “no contest” to disorderly conduct for flipping a 9-year-old boy, whom he did not know, off his inner tube while both were swimming on July 4, 2012 at Spring Harbor Beach.
In early 2013, Hulsey aide Terri Zimmerman filed a complaint with Capitol Police after he brought a box cutter to work to allegedly teach her how to defend herself. Zimmerman told police Hulsey also considered bringing a gun to the Capitol, even though he didn’t have a concealed weapons permit.
After that second incident, Madison Alders Mark Clear and Lisa Subeck both announced they would challenge Rep. Hulsey for his 78th Assembly District seat.
Rep. Hulsey was first elected to the State Assembly in 2010, after serving 14 years on the Dane County Board.
Emphasis of the crazy is mine.
Oh, this his chances of winning are an utter joke, but to Hulsey, this is no doubt a real thing.
Just in my inbox:
State Sen. Joe Leibham will make a campaign announcement Tuesday regarding his potential bid for Congress in Wisconsin’s 6th District.
“I am thankful for and humbled by the great amount of input I have received from constituents and friends over the last few days about the possibility of running for Congress,” Leibham said. “I look forward to gathering with friends and family on Tuesday to formally announce my decision.”
Leibham, a resident and taxpayer of the 6th Congressional District, lives in Sheboygan with his wife, Heather, and their three young children.
Leibham has represented portions of Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Calumet and Fond du Lac counties in the state Senate and the greater Sheboygan area in the state Assembly. Prior to his years of public service, Leibham worked in the private sector for Sargento Foods in Plymouth and the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce.
I also got another email detailing the where, when, and what, but I won’t be divulging that at this time. Mostly because, traffic is going to be hellish enough in Sheboygan due to media trucks and the like, so why screw it up even more?
Dealing unions their latest loss in court, a federal appeals court Friday upheld Gov. Scott Walker’s tight limits on collective bargaining for most public employees.
The ruling by the three-judge panel upheld a September decision by U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison that the law known as Act 10 does not infringe on the rights of government workers.
“Act 10 does not violate the First or Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. We therefore affirm the district court’s judgment in favor of the state,” the ruling reads.
The law stipulates that government employee unions can negotiate over wages but nothing else, and that any pay increases can be no higher than the rate of inflation, except where voters approve them by referendum. The law also dictates that unions cannot be recognized by the state or local governments unless 51% of all potential members — not just those voting — support the union in annual elections.
Two unions representing local employees throughout Dane County sued in July 2011 in federal court in Madison contending the law violates their rights to freedom of association and equal protection under the law.
“This difference is likely of no comfort to plaintiffs, but the First Amendment does not require an affirmative response from governmental entities; it simply requires the absence of a negative restriction,” Conley wrote in his own decision last year. “Under Act 10, general employees remain free to associate and represent employees and their unions remain free to speak; municipal employers are simply not allowed to listen.”
Act 10 is still before the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, with a ruling expected in the next couple of months.