I have enjoyed my time at the department. I have enjoyed my tenure first as a Regional Director in Region IV and now as the Director of External Affairs. I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve my country. I want to thank you for your support, guidance, and encouragement that you have provided me during my time at HHS.
Even though I will miss my colleagues, partners, stakeholders and this historic administration. I am looking forward to taking this next step in my personal and professional journey as a Healthprenuer!
I will continue to be based here in the Washington, DC metro area for the near term. You can keep in touch with me at www.AntonGunn.com.
“It didn’t cover the pregnancy that my wife had in 2004 for my daughter,” he said. “I paid for the birth and delivery of my own child out of my own pocket–$17,000.”Here's Gunn in 2011 describing his role as an HHS regional director on Pub Politics, a political online talk show formerly filmed in Columbia:
Gunn said, at the time, he was spending $700 per month on a health insurance premium on the individual market.
Now, under the ACA, all plans have to cover mental health and substance abuse services, prescription drugs, and maternity.
Gunn compared buying health insurance coverage to buying a car.
“Before the Affordable Care Act, if you wanted to buy a car, you could buy a car with no seat belts, no headlights, no heat, didn’t have a windshield and many times didn’t have the tires that were screwed on tight,” said Gunn. “But, you thought that you were good, because you owned a car, but it really didn’t get you to where you needed to go.”
City Paper contributor Cara Kelly has some Holy City linkbait in the Washington Post Travel section today, "When her home town of Charleston, S.C. became a top tourist spot, everything changed" [WaPo]
A joint legislative committee met yesterday to discuss government restructuring and agreed in principle on a handful of issues, but some outstanding issues still remain. [The State]
North Charleston officials are said to be working on a tax incentives package in an effort to lure big-box outdoor goods retailer Bass Pro Shops to the area. A similar store, Cabela's, announced a Rock Hill opening earlier this week. [P&C]
During a media briefing Thursday, Boeing officials took a few minutes to brag about their North Charleston facility, saying they were on track to build 60 Dreamliners in 2013, quite a ramp-up considering four years ago, the site was empty. [CRBJ, The State, P&C]
A federal Department of Education official shot down a Charleston schools request to put off implementation of a controversial new teacher evaluation system in the area [P&C]
From the P&C Opinion pages by city Planning Director Ray Bergman: "Fair process produced positive plan for Dereef Park" [P&C]
Patrons started lining up outside the new King Street H&M location early this morning ahead its noon opening, hoping to be among the first to enter and pocket giveaways the store is promising for its first visitors. [P&C]
The Columbia Free Times reports this week that the state Department of Education put the kibosh on a federal grant application in August for potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars that would have gone toward HIV/AIDS prevention and education. [Free Times]
Rock Hill Republican state Rep. Ralph Norman is reportedly mulling an entry into the Republican primary for lieutenant governor. [Rock Hill Herald]
Gov. Nikki Haley was present on Tuesday as Benefitfocus kicked off its $660M Daniel Island expansion, and cracked a "more cowbell" joke. [P&C]
Michael Haley, the governor's husband, returned from National Guard deployment in Afghanistan last week and sits down with The State and the AP to discuss his time there and the transition back into everyday life. [The State]
A development on 4,500 acres in Summerville will be the state's first "gigabit community" to be wired end-to-end with fiber optic cable for broadband internet service, providing speeds much faster than consumer-level service elsewhere in the market. [P&C]
During a hearing in Charleston yesterday, attorneys for businessman Jonathan Pinson, who is standing on federal corruption charges, said the investigation which eventually nabbed Pinson was originally looking into allegations of public corruption among city of Columbia officials, including Mayor Steve Benjamin, who has not been charged. [The State]
U.S. Sen. John McCain on whether Sarah Palin would weigh in on Lindsey Graham's 2014 GOP primary, "Oh, I pray she wouldn't do that." [NYT Sunday Mag, pg. 4]
The state ethics commission is remaining quiet on the destroyed-then-reappeared letter that the group's attorney drafted intended for the governor regarding questions about out-of-state fundraising and travel. [Free Times]
A conference committee meets today to discuss a compromise on a proposal that would abolish the state Budget and Control Board and transfer the majority of its power to the governor's office. [The State]
A new $3 CARTA bus route approved this week would provide express service from downtown and areas of North Charleston to the airport as an extension of the agency's struggling NASH shuttle in the outlet and business district near CHS. [P&C]
From The State opinion pages, by Cindi Scoppe: "Gov. Nikki Haley and the stuff of tyrants and dictators." [The State]
'Tis the season for holiday carols, a few precious days out of the office, and breaking boards with family and friends. That's right, and Nikki Haley has been getting into the holiday spirit.
Recently, the governor earned her stripes and was awarded a real black belt after breaking an honorary piece of wood, according to a video posted to her YouTube account. Wait, strike that; reverse it.
The heel of Haley's open hand appeared to glide effortlessly through the middle of a small wooden board with such precision that it broke cleanly in two places. With the balsa bully out of the way, the good governor raised her arms above her head in celebration.
"That was awesome," Haley remarked.
Start getting your dialing fingers ready, because by 2015, everyone who currently lives in the 843 will have to start dialing 10 digits no matter what, and a lucky few of you will get the new 854 area code. [SC Radio, P&C]
A federal judge affirmed a lower court's decision yesterday stating that Gov. Nikki Haley and other S.C. officials can be sued by Occupy Columiba protestors who were arrested under orders from Gov. Haley in 2011 while on the Statehouse grounds. Read the 37-page opinion here. [AP, The State]
A new bill by a bipartisan group of state legislators would create a state guardian ad litem program for S.C. seniors similar to the program set up for minors. [SC Radio]
Citadel football coach Kevin Higgins, who just finished his ninth season with the Bulldogs, announced Monday that he would leave the school to become the wide receivers coach at Wake Forest, which recently hired Dave Clawson away from Lehigh, where Higgins was once the head coach and Clawson his offensive coordinator. Higgins leaves the Citadel with an overall record of 43-58. [P&C, Winston-Salem Journal]
In a shocking move, state Democrats released their report card for Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday, and the grades ain't good. Madame Governor didn't earn above a D- and somehow even managed to earn a few "F-" marks. [The State]
At a rally yesterday in Greenville, leaders of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group supported by the Koch brothers, said the state is "underproforming, compared to other red states" on issues of budget reform, pension reform and school choice. [Greenville News]
Benefitfocus said yesterday that they were poised to triple their workforce footprint in the area, adding 1,200 jobs and building a handful of new buildings on a newly-purchased 23-acre tract on Daniel Island. [CRBJ, P&C]