2:33 PM, Oct 24, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Kay Hagan, a Democrat from North Carolina who is up for reelection in 2014, says she supports delaying the deadline for signing up for health insurance under Obamacare's individual mandate. Hagan, who voted for Obamacare back in 2010, also says the fine for not signing up for health insurance should be waived.
"The problems surrounding the federal exchange for the Affordable Care Act are absolutely unacceptable," said Hagan in a statement. "North Carolinians are frustrated that they haven't been able to enroll in health insurance plans, and I am just as frustrated. Today I am asking the Administration to extend the open enrollment period by two months, and waive the penalty for the individual mandate for the same period of time, to make up for time that is being lost while the website for the federal exchange is not functioning."
Joining Hagan's call for a delay are other Democrats in the Senate who are up for reelection next year and who voted for the law. That group includes Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mark Begich of Alaska, and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.
Meanwhile, another red-state Democrat running for Senate next year in Georgia has said the individual mandate should be delayed. Michelle Nunn, a businesswoman and daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, called for Congress to "postpone the insurance penalty" associated with Obamacare. Here's the statement provided to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
As someone who ran a $30-million dollar organization with 130 employees, I’ve witnessed first-hand the burden and financial pain of rising health care premiums. Georgia families and businesses of all sizes have struggled with this in recent years. As the execution of ACA moves forward, we need to make sure that it works and is practical not only for businesses, large and small, but ultimately for the individuals and families that are the audience for the legislation. We need to pragmatically build upon what we are learning and fix things that are broken.
It has become apparent in recent weeks that implementing this law will take some time. That’s why I supported a delay in the mandate on businesses. And it is why, I believe that in light of the recent implementation challenges, I agree with bipartisan efforts led by Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson to postpone the insurance penalty for Georgia families.
There are parts of the law that are already helping families here in Georgia. Georgians shouldn't be denied coverage because they have a pre-existing condition and young adults should be able to stay on their parent's health plan when they are first starting out and looking for work. Under the law, there are no life time or annual limits on coverage and those who suffer a catastrophic illness don’t have to worry about losing their savings or their homes.
But we need to fix what’s wrong with the law. After all, I know from my own experience with start-ups that when you start a business, it takes time to get it right and it often requires meaningful adjustments and course corrections. The same goes for fixing this law.
12:48 PM, Oct 15, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Not a single citizen of the state of Alaska have signed up for the Obamacare exchange. The Associated Press reports that Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, has written a letter to Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the problems with the health insurance exchanges set up by the federal government:
9:37 AM, Oct 15, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New polls of likely voters in three key states in next year's U.S. Senate election show Republicans running just behind incumbent Democrats. Harper Polling, a firm associated with Republicans and working on behalf of conservative super PAC American Crossroads, conducted surveys of likely voters in Alaska, Arkansas, and Louisiana, where those state's Democratic senators face reelection in 2014 (via Politico). In each of those races, most of the potential Republican challengers poll within single digits of the Democrat.
8:03 AM, Sep 12, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Alaska's lieutenant governor Mead Treadwell, a Republican, has officially entered the U.S. Senate race in 2014 to challenge incumbent Democrat Mark Begich. The Associated Press reports:
Treadwell, who announced his intention to run in June, has events planned for Anchorage and Fairbanks on Thursday.
3:37 PM, Dec 17, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Mark Begich, a Democrat from Alaska, is "pleased" to include more than $200 million in pork spending in the Sandy legislation, a bill meant to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The senator's office explains the request in a press release:
1:28 PM, Jul 25, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican congressman Don Young of Alaska has crossed the aisle to endorse Democrat Mazie Hirono in the U.S. Senate race in Hawaii. "But here's what's important, Hawaii," Young says, sitting next to Hirono. "If you're looking for a United States senator who doesn't just talk about bipartisanship but actually knows how to work with both Republicans and Democrats to get things done, Mazie Hirono will be that senator." Watch the ad below:
12:00 AM, Jun 6, 2011 • By FRED BARNES
It’s anybody's guess whether Sarah Palin will run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. If she does, she’s likely to benefit from a highly favorable documentary that highlights the part of her career least known to most Americans.
9:23 AM, Sep 7, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Freshman Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), who beat Ted Stevens in 2008, says the national party shouldn't be counting out Lisa Murkowski's seat in his home state. They just need a little faith:
West Point and Yale Law grad, decorated veteran, judge--and Alaska's next U.S. senator?11:05 AM, Aug 25, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
(Update: On Tuesday, August 31, Lisa Murkowski conceded to Joe Miller following the counting of most absentee ballots.)
In what's shaping up to be the most stunning upset of the 2010 primary season, incumbent GOP senator Lisa Murkowski is trailing political newcomer Joe Miller by 1,668 votes (47,027 to 45,359), with 100 percent of precincts reporting. If Miller can hold on to his lead, as about 8,000 absentee ballots are counted in the next week or two, he'll be in prime position to win the general election and become Alaska's next U.S. senator. So who is Joe Miller? And how did he do it?
1:42 AM, Aug 25, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
With 33 percent of precincts reporting, Joe Miller, the Sarah Palin-backed veteran and former judge, is leading incumbent Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski in the Republican Senate primary 51.2 percent to 48.8 percent--or 21,364 votes to 20,362 votes. As John Fund reported Tuesday, Miller was "closing the gap," but still down by double digits against Murkowski in the most recent polling. This would be a very big upset if Miller wins.
Update: With 50 percent of precincts reporting, Miller is holding his narrow lead over Murkowski, 51.8 percent to 48.2 percent.
Update II: The results remain practically unchanged, with 84.2 percent of precincts reporting. Miller still leads Murkowski, 51.45 percent to 48.55 percent.
Update III (8:57 a.m.): With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Miller leads Murkowski 51.1 percent to 48.9 percent--or 45,909 to 43,949 votes. But the election isn't over quite yet. The Hotline's Reid Wilson writes that there are 8,000 absentee ballots to be counted beginning next Tuesday. But, assuming Miller maintins his 1,960 vote lead as the final two percent of precincts are counted, Murkowski would need 5,000 of the 8,000 absentee votes break in her favor to overtake Miller. (Update III was updated at 9:38 a.m. to correct vote totals.)
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