Yesterday while in Washington, I received word from a reliable source that Medicaid expansion will be coming to Virginia. There will be a number of token speeches and meaningless votes against the plan, but at the end of the day the majority of legislators will not halt it. I’ve been told that the Republican controlled House of Delegates could kill such a proposal, but the leadership is unwilling to do so. There will be a good show, but it will only be an act, a performance to placate conservative voters back home while secretly selling them out.
It seems that former lieutenant governor candidate Susan Stimpson got the memo as well. She sent out an email on the same subject. As Ms. Stimpson wrote, “Today the GOP leadership in the House of Delegates is holding a staged vote against Medicaid/ObamaCare Expansion. It’s a cynical attempt to cast a vote that can be used for political cover in 2015 primary contests.”. She presented one solution to the problem saying, “If Republican leaders were serious about stopping Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, they would be pushing to amend current law to prevent the Governor from making an end run around the legislature and expanding Medicaid on his own.”
Friends, Virginians were sold out last year with the massive transportation tax hike. And now it seems that we are being deceived once more by our legislators in Richmond. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be represented by anyone who abrogates his or her duty and sells out to the powers that be in the federal government. Therefore, I encourage you to discover where your delegate and state senator really stands on the issue of medicaid expansion and a whole host of other topics. If the rhetoric doesn’t match action, then we must do what we can to make sure this mistake is corrected.