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Candidate for Lieutenant Governor denounces GOP double talk on health care
Richmond, VA – This week, PolitiFact Virginia highlighted Governor McDonnell’s broken promise to increase funding to free clinics and community health centers, and chronicled his attempts to slash funding for health care facilities that many women and children depend on for basic medical care. These efforts, coupled with his support for regulations to close down health centers that provide reproductive health care services, demonstrate how vital it is for Virginia to elect leaders that understand the importance of quality health care.
“As the only Doctor in the Senate, I have fought for greater health care coverage and access to preventative and primary care to lower costs for all Virginians,” said candidate for Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam. “As Lieutenant Governor, I will make health care a priority and work with Democrats, Republicans and independents to find solutions to strengthen our health care system and save taxpayers money, just like I did with Medicaid expansion this year. When it comes to health care, there is no reason for ideology to trump fact-based medicine. It’s not good enough to just talk a good game on health care; our next Lieutenant Governor must be ready to get to work on day one.”
Northam served 8 years as an Army doctor and is currently a pediatric neurologist at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk. He also teaches at Eastern Virginia Medical School and volunteers as Medical Director for the Edmarc Hospice for Children in Portsmouth. Northam led the effort in the state Senate to create a pathway to Medicaid expansion in Virginia, which would lead to health care coverage for over 400,000 Virginians.