77,000 Lose Their Health Insurance In Wisconsin, State Mails Out Paper Applications So They Don’t Have To Use Obamacare Website…
Roughly 77,000 people in Wisconsin will lose their publicly provided health insurance, a form of state-run Medicaid, at the beginning of next year, but haven’t been able to buy health insurance on the federal exchange. The state’s current solution: Mail them paper applications.
As Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports, some enrollees in BadgerCare, the state’s insurance program for low-income Wisconsinites, are being moved off the program because they’re now eligible for subsidies on the federal exchange. The state is declining the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, which would have covered some of the former BadgerCare recipients.
Via Weasel Zippers
“Health-care premiums in Wisconsin will almost double under Obamacare, compared with their current rates, according to a report from the MacIver Institute.
The state’s free-market think tank figured the average premiums of the insurance plans the Obamacare exchange offers for several categories of Wisconsinites: 27-year-olds, 50-year-olds, and a family of four from data found on a federal database. The institute then compared those rates with the average premiums on the private market, using figures from eHealthInsurance.com.
MacIver found that rates will jump significantly, especially for the young: A 27-year-old will see premiums more than double in one county in 2014, and see his rates go up by 93.6 percent in Madison, 91.2 percent in Milwaukee, and 72.6 percent in Eau Claire.”
Via National Review
” In New York and California thousands of residents have successfully enrolled for insurance through their state’s Exchange Website but in Wisconsin it’s a different story.
“It’s definitely frustrating,” said Mitch Ryan. Like many people, Mitch Ryan has not been able to get on the Exchange because of glitches in the Health Care website.
“This is something that should have been taken care of prior to being rolled out on October 1st,” said Ryan.
According to the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance less than 50 people have enrolled. But some health clinics say it’s less than that. Trish Sarvela with Partnership Community Health Center said she only knows of a few. “Less than a handful,” she said.”
Via Weasel Zippers
“Louisiana tops the nation’s list of “improper” payments for unemployment insurance with a 3-year rate of 38.67%. Of course, this is the “improper” payments they know about (as only 29.7% of overpayments have been recovered). A stunning 28% of Louisanans who claimed benefits did so even after returning to work. However, while the Louisiana data points are bad, they are not alone. As the chart below shows… 16 states have “improper” payment rates of over 14%. One wonders why the world doesn’t trust the US so much anymore?”
Via Zero Hedge
“Gov. Scott Walker’s administration rewarded the new hardline Capitol Police chief and his top deputy with double-digit pay raises earlier this year after moving the pair on paper to phantom jobs for two weeks and then back to their real posts.
Chief Dave Erwin — who has overseen a crackdown on Walker protesters at the statehouse — received an overall salary hike of 11.7%, to $111,067 a year, the same rate as his predecessor. That amounts to an $11,680 annual raise.
That hefty raise was possible only because Walker officials transferred Erwin on Feb. 5 to a ghostposition in the state Department of Administration, according to a copy of the transfer letter obtained by the Journal Sentinel. Then, on the same day, he was shuffled back to his real job as head of the Capitol Police force.”
“Gov. Scott Walker’s signature plan to slash collective bargaining has set off a Darwinian struggle for survival among Wisconsin’s public employee unions.
In the two years since Walker’s plan became law, tens of thousands of teachers and state and local workers have dropped out of their unions, according to a Journal Sentinel analysis of little-used federal financial records.
No labor group has been hit harder than the one representing Milwaukee city and county workers.
In 2010 — the year that Walker was elected governor — the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 48 was thriving, having enrolled more than 9,000 workers and reporting income exceeding $7 million.
By the end of 2012, District Council 48 was down to just under 3,500 dues-paying members — a loss of nearly two-thirds of its represented workers.
The local also reported its net worth had plummeted, so it is now more than $650,000 in the red. This was the case even after AFSCME’s international headquarters pumped $250,000 into the Milwaukee’s union’s coffers last year.”
“Wisconsin police would be forbidden from enforcing any new federal gun and ammunition restrictions, bans or registration requirements under a bill a Republican lawmaker is circulating.
Rep. Michael Schraa of Oshkosh, a first-term legislator and a member of the National Rifle Association, sent out an email Tuesday to his fellow lawmakers seeking co-sponsors for the proposal. He also issued a statement to the media saying the bill is meant to send a message that Wisconsin won’t help the federal government restrict the public’s constitutional right to bear arms.
“I’m not this cowboy, gun-toting legislator,” Schraa said in a telephone interview. “I just think it’s ultimately important to protect our constitutional rights. When I raised my right hand on Jan. 7 and took the oath of office, I took an oath that I would defend the Wisconsin Constitution and the federal constitution. That’s the motivating factor.”
Rep. Chris Danou, D-Trempealeau, said he thought the Civil War determined that federal law pre-empts state law.
“States don’t get to pick and choose what federal laws apply to the states or not,” Danou said. “This is settled law. (The bill is) just not rational.”"
Via Fox News
Danou, yes states have the right and responsibility to ignore federal laws you fucking assclown. It is called nullification and it is your god damn job as a state rep to defend the people of your state from federal abuses not just kowtow to them……jackass
“In the latest economic indicator that casts Wisconsin in a negative light, the Badger State ranks 49th in the nation in the most recent index from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
“Wisconsin clearly is not leading the recovery,” said William Delwiche, an economist in Milwaukee at Robert W. Baird & Co.
The Philadelphia Fed data is from its monthly state-by-state index of leading economic growth indicators, and is meant to predict how the state’s economy will grow in the next six months.
The 50-state Leading Index report for April showed only five states with contraction, assigning Wisconsin an index rank of -0.74%. Wyoming, with a rank of -1.29%, is the only state with a lower index.
Economists cautioned against reading too much into a single month’s data.
And the Philadelphia Fed’s report is imperfect. Among the multiple variables used to compile the leading index, a significant component is the monthly state employment report, which is prone to heavy revisions. That’s because the government bases its monthly findings on a survey of only about 3% of the state’s employers. That creates a wide margin of error when they are extrapolated statewide.”
“Hopefully, you already know what’s going down in Baraboo, Wisconsin. It’s one of the biggest, precedent-setting food freedom cases in history that’s got even conventional dairy industries watching. Raw milk is the smallest part of this trial – Vernon is fighting for you and he didn’t have to. A large, mostly eclectic group has been gathering since Monday and a verdict is expected Friday.
The judge, Guy Reynolds, is essentially directing the jury how to vote and what they are allowed to hear….The whole case hinges on these words that are banned.
Vernon Hershberger is facing over two years prison time and $10,000 in fines for four criminal misdemeanor charges aimed at him for providing fresh food to his community through members in agreement. Some background here. Prosecution from the State is having a hard time proving that Vernon is running a “retail establishment”. He’s not, unless you consider horse boarding, co-ops and Craigslist storefronts with retail transactions requiring business licenses to use. Government would love to eradicate “herd share” type agreements and so it’s no surprise that there is NO discussion of herd share memberships allowed in the courtroom – see how they are keeping the jury in the dark below.”
Via Activist Post
WI legislators approve RINO Walker’s proposal to collect DNA from people before they are found guilty
Legislators approve Scott Walker’s proposal to collect DNA in crimes
“After a marathon day of action, the Legislature’s budget committee Thursday approved in large part a proposal from Gov. Scott Walker to collect DNA from those arrested for felonies and significantly scaled back another Walker measure to allow GPS tracking for men under restraining orders for domestic abuse.
As part of a series of criminal justice measures, the Joint Finance Committee approved on a bipartisan vote of 13-3 requiring DNA collection from people arrested for felonies and convicted of misdemeanors. The committee also rejected two items of importance to Milwaukee: ensuring a crime lab stays in the city and providing financial support for the Milwaukee Police Department’s Shot Spotter program.
Of the DNA measure, Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), said: “I’m convinced that this is going to be beneficial in catching career criminals, saving lives and saving taxpayer dollars. DNA, I would say, is the new identifier of the twenty-first century.”
The budget bill must still be approved by both houses of the Legislature next month and then signed by Walker. “