MADISON (WKOW) -- With the inflammatory comments about illegal immigrants from WISDOT official Steven Krieser and his subsequent firing by Governor Walker lighting up the internet, the Republican Party of Wisconsin is having to answer for it as well.
"For somebody like me, I've done a lot of work...I used to have an office in Milwaukee, know a lot of people in the Hispanic community and it doesn't help," said RPW Vice-Chair Brian Schimming of Krieser's remarks. "And, there's not only no place for it in the Walker administration, there's no place for it in the party as well."
But Schimming does not think the incident will stick with Latino voters going forward.
"I mean, when you have an incident like this its obviously hot for a couple of days, but the truth of the matter is, what you're doing in the long-term, in terms of jobs and doing what we can, particularly in the cities, as well (is more important)," said Schimming.
An insurance executive and a consumer advocate are also featured on Capitol City Sunday to talk about whether the state is ready for the federal health insurance exchange, which will have to be up and ready by October 1st.
"We're about 50 days away from open enrollment starting in the exchanges and people need to know what's available to them, what benefits they're gonna have and a lot of them don't," said Mike Bare of Community Advocates.
But the state Office of the Commissioner of Insurance has yet to release a lot of the details about how the exchange will work. That's why the insurers themselves are trying to fill in the gaps.
"For instance, there's a subsidy calculator where a consumer can go and understand, based on their income, what they potentially may have to pay," said Kevin Hayde, CEO of Group Health Cooperative in Madison, one of 13 insurance companies in Wisconsin that plans on participating in the individual exchange.
Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.
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