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From the Virginia House Democratic Caucus:

VA House GOP is Silent as Half a Million Virginians Stand to Lose Health Care

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia House Republicans have remained silent as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote to dismantle the ACA this afternoon, a move that would jeopardize the health care of half a million Virginians.

Today’s vote comes after every Republican in the House of Delegates this year voted to deny 400,000 Virginians health care by blocking Medicaid expansion.

They’ve had plenty of opportunities to speak out:

In January, House Democrats called on Republicans to sign a letter asking Virginia’s Congressional delegation to oppose repeal without a viable replacement. Not a single Republican in the House of Delegates signed on.

Delegate John O’Bannon in March called the House Trumpcare bill a “good start,” but refused to respond when questioned on his position in July.

In response to an email from a constituent asking his position on Trumpcare, Delegate Jim LeMunyon wrote “I don’t intend to spend much time on their details” because he did not think there was more than a “50-50 chance” that Trumpcare would pass.

In a May Facebook exchange with a constituent, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter dubbed the ACA a “complete liberal failure” but stopped short of taking a position on Trumpcare.

“The failure of House Republicans to state their position on a bill that could result in more than half a million Virginians losing their health insurance is distressing,” said House Democratic Caucus spokeswoman Katie Baker. “However, given that these are the same people who voted to deny 400,000 Virginians coverage through Medicaid expansion, we are not surprised that they would fail to stand up to Donald Trump. Virginians deserve more than silence when the health care of so many people is at stake. We ask Virginia House Republicans directly: do you support repeal today or not?”

  • DCCC Statement: Senate Pushes Closer to Passing Reckless House Repeal Bill

    House passage of repeal and ripoff will haunt every vulnerable House Republican through Election Day

    In response to Senate Republicans pushing one step closer to passing the House Republican repeal and ripoff bill, DCCC Spokesman Tyler Law issued the following statement:

    “Unfortunately, Senate Republicans are hopelessly devoted to the same shady, backroom process that House Republicans used to pass a repeal and ripoff bill that the American people strongly oppose,” said DCCC Spokesman Tyler Law. “Every single House Republican – regardless of how they voted on the floor in May – has played a role in taking us closer to disaster, and they will all be held accountable in 2018.”

  • STATEMENT: Northam Slams Senate’s Motion to Proceed on ACA Repeal As “Politics Over People”

    Senate Moves to Strip the Affordable Care Act And Its Protections, Potentially Risking The Health Care Of Over Half A Million Virginians

    Richmond, Va. — Today, Senate Republicans voted on a motion to proceed with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. This move could mean the Senate revives its Trumpcare proposal, estimated to jeopardize the insurance coverage of up to 520,000 Virginians. Virginia’s Medicaid program estimates Trumpcare, if passed, could cost the commonwealth 1.4 billion dollars over the next seven years.

    With opposition from stakeholders including nearly every major patients’ rights group in the country, the Senate is plowing forward on this reckless move to pass healthcare legislation with no final bill text, CBO score, or public hearings.

    Dr. Ralph Northam issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s vote on motion to proceed with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act:

    “Today’s motion to proceed with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act over the loud protests of millions of Americans is a shameless prioritization of politics over people that many will pay for with their lives. As a doctor, I am disturbed by this move that could strip healthcare from over 520,000 Virginians who rely on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid for their access to quality, affordable healthcare. The senators who have today voted to pursue this reckless action through a secretive process that didn’t provide the American people the proper transparency even though their lives depend on it. through a secretive process that didn’t provide the American people even though their lives depend on it.

    “Just this weekend, I joined other providers in volunteering my medical services to Virginians who are underserved and underinsured and who would encourage our legislators to put party aside to find them solutions. This process, done in the shadows and under the cover of uncertainty, does them the ultimate disservice. We are once again dooming people to being one medical emergency away from financial demise — this is is unacceptable in the richest country in the world. As governor, I will keep fighting for access to quality, affordable healthcare for Virginians.”

  • Governor McAuliffe Statement on Senate Health Care Vote

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement in response to the Senate’s vote today in support of the motion to proceed on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

    “Congressional Republicans once again are hastily working to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and rip away health coverage from tens of millions of Americans. This process has been negotiated in secret and there is no clear path forward. Both the House and Senate versions to replace the ACA would leave hundreds of thousands of Virginians without insurance, decimate our state budget, and severely impact our ability to provide quality health care coverage and long-term care for those who need it the most. On behalf of all hard-working Virginia families, I urge the Senate to reject any legislation repealing the ACA. Instead, let us work together in a bipartisan manner to improve the ACA, stabilize our private health insurance markets, and increase health insurance coverage for all Americans.”

  • RobertColgan

    The failure to provide care for those who need care when that care can be made available . . .reflects the attitude of those who don’t care.
    They might SAY they care but their actions belie their words.

    When you love something, you take care of it.
    When you value something, you take care of it.

    These Republicans neither love, nor value, nor care for their countrymen/women ——
    they SAY they do, but their actions belie their words.