Virginia Governor Blasts GOP Legislature – Will Provide For State’s Poor Via Executive Action (VIDEO)
Democratic Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, on Friday had some strong words for the state’s Republican lawmakers and blasted the GOP-led legislature, saying he will no longer tolerate their callous obstructionism against Medicaid expansion in the state. Approximately 400,000 of the state’s residents currently do not have access to healthcare due to such strong legislative resistance.
The governor spoke out during a press conference stating that thinking about lawmakers’ continued refusal to expand Medicaid sent him “to bed every night with a pit in (his) stomach.” Saying that the state’s Republicans had “turned their back, time and time again” on expansion, the Governor added;
“Let me be crystal clear, I am moving forward to get health care for Virginian citizens.”
Although the details of the plan are currently unclear, the governor plans to act unilaterally by utilizing executive power. He will work with the Attorney General and the Secretary of Health and Human Resources on the plan.
Virginia is only one of 24 states which have refused federal funds for Medicaid expansion, despite the fact that the funding would have no adverse affects on a state’s economy. It is free money in the form of a subsidy. And Republicans have simply been refusing it out of spite. They want Obamacare to look like a “failure.” They want to “prove” that they were “right” about the dangers of the Affordable Care Act.
McAufliffe’s bold words will hopefully soon lead to bold actions. Perhaps other governors will take notice and consider taking action as well. Maybe then others will begin to realize that health care is a human right and not a political game.
Watch via WJLA: