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Thursday News: GOP Courts Disaster with “Trumpcare,” as Colbert Calls It; Perriello Enters Va. Gov. Race


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, January 5. Also check out Stephen Colbert on calling the GOP health plan (or lack thereof) “Trumpcare.”

  • Quizzical
  • By the way, Democrat Mike Hamlar, who ran for Virginia State Senate in 2015 in heavily Republican SD-19, had been considering a possible run for Lt. Governor in 2017. He now tells me, however, that he will not be running, instead is “going to focus on our new TV business segment, the New Virginia Economy with Mike Hamlar, that will air during the NBC nightly news in Virginia on WSLS10.” He further tells me that New Virginia Economy will be online at newvirginiaeconomy.com — coming soon. Good luck to Mike Hamlar in these endeavors!

  • Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order to Combat Discrimination in Virginia

    ~ Order requires all state contractors with the Executive Branch to agree to a non-discrimination policy ~

    CHARLOTTESVILLE – Governor McAuliffe today issued Executive Order 61, which will advance the cause of equality in Virginia by requiring all future state contractors with the Executive Branch to agree to a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This action builds on Executive Order Number 1 by extending the same protections offered to state employees to the employees of contractors that do business with the Commonwealth.

    “As my first act as Governor, I signed Executive Order 1 to ban discrimination in the state workforce based on sexual orientation, take divisive social issue battles off the table and help build an open and welcoming economy,” said Governor McAuliffe, speaking at today’s announcement. “Starting today, the Commonwealth of Virginia will not do business with entities that discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Virginia is home to the best state workforce in the country and this policy will ensure there is no question that all Virginians are to receive the full benefits of their citizenship, without regard to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

    “If we are going to have the economic future we want, we have to send a clear and inclusive message about what and whom we value, and the kind of respect and opportunities that talented people will find in Virginia,” said Attorney General Mark Herring. “Thanks to Governor McAuliffe, Virginia will be setting the right example and embracing a commonsense step that so many private sector businesses have already taken, and that they increasingly expect from the states in which they choose to locate and do business.”

  • Good stuff from LG Ralph Northam:

    Lieutenant Governor Northam Announces Program Expanding Access to Reproductive Healthcare

    Alexandria, Va. – Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam today announced federal funding for a pilot program to offer education and access to a full range of reproductive healthcare services.

    “I remain committed to ensuring that every woman in the Commonwealth has access to the healthcare she deserves. The fact is 99 percent of women will use birth control in their lifetime, and it’s important that they have access to the best option for them. When a woman has access to the best reproductive health care, she is able to focus on her life goals like getting a college education or starting a business,” Lt. Gov. Northam said.

    “Regardless of political views, I too, believe that improving access to reproductive healthcare for women and their families should be an important priority for the Commonwealth,” Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington Dr. Serina Floyd added. Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are 20 times more effective than pills, patches or the ring. And because LARCs are totally reversible, a woman can decide at any time that she is ready to have a healthy child.”

    The budget amendment directs $6 million in non-general, federal grant funds to establish the pilot program:
    · Providing the contraception at no cost to eligible women
    · Conducting outreach to increase awareness and education regarding the different contraceptive options available
    · Training clinicians on procedures and uses of the contraceptive options
    · Measuring the impact of greater access to better birth control

    A similar program in Colorado reduced teen births by 40 percent and teen abortions by 42 percent. For every $1 invested in educating women and providing access to contraceptive options, the program saved Colorado more than $5 in Medicaid costs.

  • Video: Sen. Kaine Shares Stories of Virginians Impacted by the Affordable Care Act & Introduces Amendment Opposing GOP Efforts to Repeal Law

  • Robert Reich:

    Republicans are eager to repeal Obamacare but they’ve also promised to replace it with something that doesn’t leave 20 million Americans stranded without health insurance. And they have no idea what the replacement will be. That’s because they face 2 big problems:

    1. Republicans say they want a “market-based” system. But Obamacare is already market based – relying on private, for profit health insurers. That’s the first problem. Anthem, Aetna, Humana, Cigna, and United Health are already so big they can get the deals they want from the government by threatening to drop out of the insurance exchanges (several already have). And even now they’re trying to merge into far bigger behemoths that will be able to extort even better terms.

    2. Every part of Obamacare depends on every other part. Trump says he’d like to continue to bar insurers from denying coverage to individuals with preexisting conditions. But that popular provision depends on healthy people being required to pay into the insurance pool, a mandate that Republicans vow to eliminate.

    The only practical answer is Medicare for all – a single payer — but Republicans would never go for it. So they’ll have to come up with a replacement that’s even more complicated than Obamacare and that either shafts the poor and working class, or gives away the store.